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noun egg·plant \ ˈeg-ˌplant , ˈāg- \

Definition of eggplant

1 a :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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First Known Use of eggplant

1767


EGGPLANT Defined for Kids

eggplant

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noun egg·plant \ ˈeg-ˌplant , ˈāg- \

Definition of eggplant for Students

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


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