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 While that may not sound like a flattering first impression, that pale eggplant turned out to be an elusive species of squid that had never before been caught on camera in the wild, reports Nicoletta Lanese for Live Science. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "See Strange Squid Filmed in the Wild for the First Time," 3 Nov. 2020 After the eggplant has hung out and has sweated nicely from the salt, give each slice a quick rinse under cold running water, blot well with paper towels to dry, then brush olive oil on both sides. Anita L. Arambula, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Grilled eggplant pizza gets a Moroccan touch," 7 Oct. 2020 Toss well by hand until all the eggplant is salted. Paul Stephen,, "Recipe: Bulgogi-Style Eggplant," 19 Aug. 2020 But a plump, shiny fresh eggplant, when roasted, grilled or stewed, the latter with low, slow heat, will turn deliciously mild, silky and lush. Beth Dooley, Star Tribune, "Turn to eggplant for this Greek dip," 29 July 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 But the curry — made with 16 spices, which are proudly displayed at the cafe — is Family’s specialty, currently made with chicken, kabocha squash and eggplant. Janelle Bitker,, "Family brings Japanese cafe vibes to San Francisco," 1 Oct. 2019 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

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First Known Use of eggplant

1767, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Eggplant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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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