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

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The Vouvray was nearly as popular, a match with the Brussels sprouts, carrots, eggplant and pasta. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "Yes, You Can Pair Wine With Vegetables," 2 Aug. 2018 Think of it as non-stick insurance when grilling delicate proteins such as fish or flimsy vegetables like zucchini and eggplant. David Kaplan, Fox News, "This simple mayonnaise-based grilling hack will change your summer cookouts," 4 July 2018 Annual flowers and vegetables will continue their growth — tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and other warm-weather crops don’t become harvestable until July and August. Dave Epstein,, "It’s official: Summer has begun," 21 June 2018 Seventy-five percent of singles rate the eggplant emoji as their least favorite, followed by the peach emoji at 49 percent and the fire emoji at 32 percent. Maggie Gordon, Houston Chronicle, "Stop texting the eggplant emoji," 25 Apr. 2018 For example, across two pages the scanning eye takes in a tomato, a radish, a pepper, an onion, an eggplant and a—what’s this? Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Board Books That Aren’t Boring," 1 Nov. 2018 Potential crops include lettuces and leafy greens like spinach and kale, herbs like basil and mint, strawberries, mushrooms, carrots, eggplants, and a wide variety of others. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Abandoned Coal Mines Could Be Future of Farming," 3 Dec. 2018 Brush tomatoes, eggplant, and red pepper with 1 tablespoon oil and season with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Caponata Flatbread," 25 July 2018 For example, black plastic warms the soil and radiates heat during the night, keeping heat-loving vegetables such as eggplant and cherry tomatoes cozy and vigorous. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Mulch Your Garden and Stop Weeds in Their Tracks," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of eggplant

1767, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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