eggplant






noun

  1. a plant, Solanum melongena esculentum, of the nightshade family, cultivated for its edible, dark-purple or occasionally white or yellow fruit.
  2. the fruit of this plant used as a table vegetable.
  3. a blackish purple color; aubergine.

noun

  1. a tropical Old World solanaceous plant, Solanum melongena, widely cultivated for its egg-shaped typically dark purple fruit
  2. the fruit of this plant, which is cooked and eaten as a vegetable
n.

1767, from egg (n.) + plant (n.). Originally of the white variety. Cf. aubergine.

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