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Noun: eggplant  'eg,plant
Usage: N. Amer, Austral, NZ (=aubergine)
  1. Egg-shaped vegetable having a shiny skin typically dark purple but occasionally white or yellow
    - aubergine [UK], mad apple
     
  2. Hairy upright herb native to southeastern Asia but widely cultivated for its large glossy edible fruit commonly used as a vegetable
    - aubergine [UK], brinjal [S.Africa, Asia], eggplant bush [N. Amer, Austral, NZ], garden egg [N. Amer], mad apple, Solanum melongena

Derived forms: eggplants

Type of: herb, herbaceous plant, solanaceous vegetable

Part of: genus Solanum, Solanum

Encyclopedia: Eggplant