egg-plant

eggplant

[eg-plant, -plahnt]
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:
1760–70; egg1 + plant

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eggplant (ˈɛɡˌplɑːnt)
 
n
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

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