melongena

noun

mel·​on·​ge·​na
ˈmelənˈjēnə
1
plural -s : eggplant
2
a
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

Word History

Etymology

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 20 Mar. 2023.

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