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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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Examples for eggplant
  • Rather rich and luxurious to have choices, to use either eggplant or aubergine, flat or apartment.
  • When he got back, he discovered that she had furnished hIs office with a hideous, eggplant- colored carpet.
  • Each bergamot-scented bottle is engraved with a pint-size pooch leashed by a gal in eggplant-colored cowboy boots.
  • Salt the eggplant slices and place them in a colander.
  • Don't use red garlic, only white, and don't use an eggplant that has a purple peduncle because it will be bitter.
  • Start with the popular fried eggplant or the mozzarella marinara appetizer, with slices of hot, house-made bread.
  • Starters include eggplant dishes, salads and a variety of homemade soups.
  • Vegetarians can make a meal of noodle salads with fresh fruit or greens, eggplant tofu and spicy corn cakes.
  • It offers a wide variety of pizza pies including margarita, eggplant and zucchini.
  • The specialty entrees include couscous, eggplant and kabobs.
British Dictionary definitions for eggplant

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