melongena

noun
mel·​on·​ge·​na | \ˈmelənˈjēnə\

Definition of melongena 

1 plural -s : eggplant

2a capitalized : a genus of tropical marine mollusks (family Xancidae)

b -s : a mollusk of this genus especially : a large edible Caribbean mollusk (M. corona) that resembles a whelk

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History and Etymology for melongena

New Latin, from Italian dialect melongiana, melangiana, from Arabic bādhinjān

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