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[eg-plant, -plahnt] /ˈɛgˌplænt, -ˌplɑnt/

a , Solanum melongena esculentum, of the nightshade family, cultivated for its edible, dark-purple or occasionally white or yellow fruit.
the fruit of this used as a table vegetable.
a blackish purple color; aubergine.
a tropical Old World solanaceous plant, Solanum melongena, widely cultivated for its egg-shaped typically dark purple fruit
the fruit of this plant, which is cooked and eaten as a vegetable

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


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