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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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  • 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
n.

"eggplant," 1794, from French aubergine, "fruit of the eggplant" (Solanum esculentum), diminutive of auberge "a kind of peach," variant of alberge, from Spanish alberchigo "apricot" [OED]. Klein derives the French word from Catalan alberginera, from Arabic al-badinjan "the eggplant," from Persian badin-gan, from Sanskrit 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)

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