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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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 Heartier options, like enchiladas and eggplant Parmesan, will be served in individual Staub baking dishes, which are available for purchase in the store. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "Enjoy lunch in an upscale boutique, plus other restaurant openings," 9 Apr. 2018 Tablescapes featured a full spectrum of colors, made by mixing flowers and greenery with produce like eggplants and cabbage, plus bowls of salsa tucked inside to use during the meal. Brooke Porter Katz, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ellen Bennett & Casey Caplowe's Wedding Was Outside-The-Box in Every Way," 14 Feb. 2019 Most of the ingredients come from the kitchen garden, orchards, and beehives, with dishes such as Vietnamese spring rolls, lentil burgers, and eggplant-potato dumplings. Daisy Finer, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Golden Door Is the World's Most Iconic Spa," 21 Dec. 2018

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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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