[eg-plant, -plahnt]
a plant, Solanum melongena esculentum, of the nightshade family, cultivated for its edible, dark-purple or occasionally white or yellow fruit.
the fruit of this plant used as a table vegetable.
a blackish purple color; aubergine.

1760–70; egg1 + plant Unabridged
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eggplant (ˈɛɡˌplɑːnt)
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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Word Origin & History

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