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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“Melongena.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/melongena. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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