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 Add soy sauce-vinegar mixture and toss with eggplant and mushrooms to coat. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Feb. 2022 In a medium bowl, toss the eggplant with the sugar, cocoa and half of the olive oil. The View, ABC News, 14 Jan. 2022 The first important step is crucial - cut the eggplant into slices and put them under a thick layer of coarse salt for a couple of hours. Benjamin Liong Setiawan, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 The eggplant can be grilled and refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Washington Post, 9 Sep. 2021 When all of the eggplant has been fried, carefully pour off all but 1 tablespoon of the oil into a heat-proof bowl and return the pan to medium-high heat. Jessica Battilana, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 July 2021 Our first eggplant became tempura, along with green beans and zucchini blossoms. Washington Post, 30 July 2021 Don’t be afraid to get a good char on the eggplant., 6 July 2021 Return the eggplant and zucchini to the pan and bring to a boil., 15 June 2021 See More

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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 7 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for eggplant


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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