Definitions for Eggplantˈɛgˌplænt, -ˌplɑnt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

egg•plantˈɛgˌplænt, -ˌplɑnt(n.)

  1. a plant, Solanum melongena esculentum, of the nightshade family, cultivated for its edible, usu. dark-purple fruit.

    Category: Plants

  2. the fruit of this plant used as a vegetable.

    Category: Plants, Cooking

  3. a blackish purple color; aubergine.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. eggplant, aubergine, mad apple(noun)

    egg-shaped vegetable having a shiny skin typically dark purple but occasionally white or yellow

  2. eggplant, aubergine, brinjal, eggplant bush, garden egg, mad apple, Solanum melongena(noun)

    hairy upright herb native to southeastern Asia but widely cultivated for its large glossy edible fruit commonly used as a vegetable

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. eggplant(noun)ˈɛgˌplænt, -ˌplɑnt

    a dark purple vegetable


  1. eggplant(Noun)

    Solanum melongena

  2. eggplant(Noun)

    Aubergine, the edible fruit of the Solanum melongena.

  3. eggplant(Noun)

    A black person .

  4. Origin: From egg + plant, originally applied only to the white-colored variety.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Eggplant(noun)

    a plant (Solanum Melongena), of East Indian origin, allied to the tomato, and bearing a large, smooth, edible fruit, shaped somewhat like an egg; mad-apple


  1. Eggplant

    Eggplant is a dark purple or brownish-purple color that resembles the color of the outer skin of European eggplants. Another name for the color eggplant is aubergine. The first recorded use of eggplant as a color name in English was in 1915. The pinkish-purple-grayish color shown in the color box as eggplant was introduced by Crayola in 1998. Different varieties of eggplant may range from indigo to white. Chinese eggplants are the same shape as a European eggplant, but are colored a dark violet color. Thai eggplants are small, round, and colored forest green.

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a dark purple fruit used as a vegetable.

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