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eggplant

[eg-plant, -plahnt] /ˈɛgˌplænt, -ˌplɑnt/
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.
Origin
1760-1770
1760-70; egg1 + plant
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British Dictionary definitions for egg plant

eggplant

/ˈɛɡˌplɑːnt/
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
Also called aubergine
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Word Origin and History for egg plant

eggplant

n.

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

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