aubergine

[oh-ber-zheen, -jeen, oh-ber-; oh-ber-zheen, -jeen, oh-ber-]
noun
1.
Chiefly British, eggplant.
2.
a dark purplish color.

Origin:
1785–95; < French < Catalan albargínia < Arabic al the + bādhinjān eggplant < Persian bādingān perhaps < Indo-Aryan; compare Sanskrit vātiṅgaṇaḥ

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aubergine (ˈəʊbəˌʒiːn)
 
n
1.  US, Canadian, and Australian name: eggplant 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
3.  a.  a dark purple colour
 b.  (as adjective): an aubergine dress
 
[C18: from French, from Catalan alberginia, from Arabic al-bādindjān, ultimately from Sanskrit vatin-ganah, of obscure origin]

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aubergine
1794, from Fr., "fruit of the eggplant" (Solanum esculentum), dim. of auberge "a kind of peach," from Sp. alberchigo "apricot." But Klein derives the Fr. from Catalan alberginera, from Arabic al-badinjan "the eggplant," from Pers. badin-gan, from Skt. vatin-ganah. As a color like that of the eggplant
fruit, it is attested from 1895.
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aubergine definition

jargon
A secret term used to refer to computers in the presence of computerphobic third parties.
(1995-01-24)

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Rather rich and luxurious to have choices, to use either eggplant or aubergine, flat or apartment.
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