noun Date: 1767 1. a. a widely cultivated perennial Asian herb (Solanum melongena) of the nightshade family yielding edible fruit b. the usually smooth ovoid typically blackish-purple or white fruit of the eggplant 2. a dark grayish or blackish purple

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  • eggplant — egg plant , egg plant egg plant, n. 1. (Bot.) A plant ({Solanum Melongena}), of East Indian origin, allied to the tomato, and bearing a large, glossy, edible fruit, shaped somewhat like an egg; mad apple. It is widely cultivated for its fruit,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • eggplant — 1767, from EGG (Cf. egg) (n.) + PLANT (Cf. plant) (n.). Originally of the white variety. Cf. AUBERGINE (Cf. aubergine) …   Etymology dictionary

  • eggplant — [eg′plant΄] n. 1. a perennial plant (Solanum melongena) of the nightshade family, with large, ovoid, usually purple skinned fruits that are eaten as a vegetable 2. the fruit …   English World dictionary

  • Eggplant — Aubergine and Melongene redirect here. For the color, see Eggplant (color). Eggplant / Aubergine / Melongene / Brinjal Scientific classification Kingdom …   Wikipedia

  • eggplant — /eg plant , plahnt /, n. 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… …   Universalium

  • eggplant — paprastasis baklažanas statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Bulvinių šeimos daržovinis, vaistinis nuodingas kultūrinis augalas (Solanum melongena), kilęs iš Azijos. atitikmenys: lot. Solanum melongena angl. aubergine; brinjal eggplant; brinjall; …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • eggplant — UK [ˈeɡˌplɑːnt] / US [ˈeɡˌplænt] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms eggplant : singular eggplant plural eggplants American an aubergine …   English dictionary

  • eggplant — noun a) Solanum melongena Why am I not surprised? This was the limit. You know, Im black enough for his family to yell eggplant this and nigger that at me, she said. b) Aubergine, the edible fruit of the Solanum melongena. Syn: aubergine, brinjal …   Wiktionary

  • eggplant — [[t]e̱gplɑːnt, plænt[/t]] eggplants N VAR An eggplant is a vegetable with a smooth, dark purple skin. [AM] (in BRIT, use aubergine) …   English dictionary

  • eggplant — n. plant of East Indian origin that bears an edible fruit; dark purple egg shaped fruit of the eggplant (eaten as a vegetable); dark purple color …   English contemporary dictionary

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