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aubergine

[oh-ber-zheen, -jeen, oh-ber-; oh-ber-zheen, -jeen, oh-ber-] /ˈoʊ bərˌʒin, -ˌdʒin, ˈoʊ bɛr-; ˌoʊ bərˈʒin, -ˈdʒin, ˌoʊ bɛr-/
noun
1.
Chiefly British, eggplant.
2.
a dark purplish color.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; < French < Catalan albargínia < Arabic al the + bādhinjān eggplant < Persian bādingān perhaps < Indo-Aryan; compare Sanskrit vātiṅgaṇaḥ
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Examples for aubergine
  • Rather rich and luxurious to have choices, to use either eggplant or aubergine, flat or apartment.
British Dictionary definitions for aubergine

aubergine

/ˈəʊbəˌʒiːn/
noun
1.
a tropical Old World solanaceous plant, Solanum melongena, widely cultivated for its egg-shaped typically dark purple fruit US, Canadian, and Australian name eggplant
2.
the fruit of this plant, which is cooked and eaten as a vegetable
3.
  1. a dark purple colour
  2. (as adjective) an aubergine dress
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Catalan alberginia, from Arabic al-bādindjān, ultimately from Sanskrit vatin-ganah, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for aubergine
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 in Technology

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

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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