egg·​plant | \ ˈeg-ˌplant How to pronounce eggplant (audio) , ˈāg- \

Definition of eggplant

1a : a widely cultivated perennial Asian herb (Solanum melongena) of the nightshade family yielding edible fruit
b : the usually smooth ovoid typically blackish-purple or white fruit of the eggplant
2 : a dark grayish or blackish purple

Examples of eggplant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Plant eggplant by transplant in the vegetable garden. Calvin Finch,, "Calvin Finch: Your guide to shade- and drought-tolerant groundcovers to replace your San Antonio lawn grass," 14 May 2020 Often, recipes involving proteins like tofu, chicken, eggplant, and fish will call for cornstarch. Sara Tane, Good Housekeeping, "5 Best Cornstarch Substitutes to Use in Any Recipe," 4 May 2020 These include: corn, eggplant, pumpkin, melons, cukes, tomatoes and squash. oregonlive, "Now is the time to start a veggie garden from seeds; here’s how," 10 Apr. 2020 Some members of your family aren't a fan of eggplant? Kelsey Ogletree, Better Homes & Gardens, "Victory Gardens Are Back: Here's Why You'll Want to Start One ASAP," 10 Apr. 2020 Plants that are native to warm places (like tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants) are not cold tolerant. Popular Science, "How to start your own survival garden," 8 Apr. 2020 For warmer locations, consider planting sweet corn, popcorn, cucumbers, peppers and eggplants, all of which require at least moderately warm summers and will require two to three months to bear crops. Pam Peirce,, "10 easy food crops for your Bay Area food garden during coronavirus pandemic," 3 Apr. 2020 Plants that are native to warm places (like tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants) are not cold tolerant. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "How To Start Your Own Survival Garden," 31 Mar. 2020 Use starts for plants like greens, lettuces, peppers and eggplants. oregonlive, "What you need to know about straw bale gardening in Oregon," 9 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of eggplant

1767, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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20 May 2020

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“Eggplant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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egg·​plant | \ ˈeg-ˌplant How to pronounce eggplant (audio) , ˈāg- \

Kids Definition of eggplant

: an oval vegetable with a usually glossy purplish skin and white flesh

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