eggplant

noun
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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Six of us one night declared the smoked eggplant, tomato, pistachio and mint pizza the star of the entire dinner. Michele Parente, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Il Dandy’s Michelin-starred chefs take Italian to new heights — but is it high enough?," 4 July 2019 The photo was a Scherzer selfie with his right eye surrounded by a puffy sea of dark purple, the color of eggplant. Tom Verducci, SI.com, "The Rare Greatness of Max Scherzer Has Never Been More Evident," 1 July 2019 On top of that goes bite-sized pieces of roasted eggplant. Daniel Neman, Twin Cities, "Four recipes to celebrate the in-season, in-the-moment kale," 20 June 2019 Diners can’t go wrong with any sandwich (including prosciutto, salami or vegetarian options such as mozzarella with eggplant or tomato) on any focaccia (plain, garlic with rosemary, tomato with basil, artichoke with olive). Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "Publix subs are good (but not with chicken tenders). These are better. Our critic rates local sub shops.," 13 June 2019 Khan’s delightful spiced Begun Bhaja, or fried eggplant slices, provides a crunchy contrast to the smooth curry. SFChronicle.com, "Our favorite cookbooks of 2019, so far," 21 June 2019 Five of the choices were excellent; my only disappointment was the somewhat bland, crispy eggplant stack. Michele Parente, San Diego Union-Tribune, "5 places to try: For pizza to pasta, pastries to pad Thai — and biscuits!," 13 June 2019 The subs from the deli counter are very good, with fresh Italian bread and housemade cold cuts, salads and hot food (such as eggplant parm). Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "Publix subs are good (but not with chicken tenders). These are better. Our critic rates local sub shops.," 13 June 2019 So, too, did other specials, including pork pottage with noodles, Taiwanese BBQ with shiitake squid pottage, the eggplant pork meal box and scallion pancake. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Taipei 101: Old restaurant standbys can be new for you," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of eggplant

1767, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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eggplant

noun
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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