egg·plant | \ˈeg-ˌplant, 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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When eggplant is cool enough to handle, turn cut side up and scoop flesh onto cutting board. Lauren Schaefer, Bon Appetit, "Roasted Eggplant and Pickle Dip," 21 May 2018 Avocados lead 2018's clean fruits and veggies list, followed by sweet corn, pineapples, cabbage, onions, frozen sweet peas, papayas, asparagus, mangoes, eggplant, honeydew melon, kiwi, cantaloupe, cauliflower and broccoli. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Strawberries again top 2018's 'Dirty Dozen' fruits and veggies," 10 Apr. 2018 Most gardeners went ahead and harvested all their full-size tomatoes, peppers and eggplant, determining accurately that the freeze was going to be too severe for the plants to survive. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "What garden damage can S.A. expect from the freeze?," 12 Jan. 2018 Now this fourth-generation farm grows 10 varieties of tomatoes as well as eggplants, bell peppers, yellow chiles and other produce. Sonja Haller, azcentral, "Ultimate Arizona bucket list: 15 things to do in Glendale," 18 Feb. 2015 Two women were tending to a bounty of tomato plants, Asian eggplant, squash, asparagus, and a variety of round cucumbers once grown by Benjamin Franklin. Maria Panaritis,, "At the Haverford YMCA, an obsessive lawyer sweats it out - over a miracle garden | Maria Panaritis," 12 July 2018 People flocked there to pick yellow and green squash, tomatoes, peppers, beans, pickles, zucchini, eggplant, onions and, most popular, strawberries. Lisa J. Huriash,, "North Lauderdale Walmart site may get La Brasa restaurant," 2 July 2018 Meanwhile, brush zucchini, eggplant, peppers, and red onion with oil and season with 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Grilled Ratatouille Linguine," 21 June 2018 Continue planting seeds for tomatoes, eggplants, basil, cucumbers, squash, pumpkins, watermelons and other summer edibles. Nan Sterman,, "For SoCal gardeners, a June gloom tipsheet," 31 May 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, ˈāg-\

Kids Definition of eggplant

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

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