a) Solanum melongena

"Why am I not surprised?" This was the limit. "You know, Im black enough for his family to yell eggplant-this and nigger-that at me," she said.

b) Aubergine, the edible fruit of the Solanum melongena.

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  • eggplant — egg plant , egg plant egg plant, n. 1. (Bot.) A plant ({Solanum Melongena}), of East Indian origin, allied to the tomato, and bearing a large, glossy, edible fruit, shaped somewhat like an egg; mad apple. It is widely cultivated for its fruit,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • eggplant — 1767, from EGG (Cf. egg) (n.) + PLANT (Cf. plant) (n.). Originally of the white variety. Cf. AUBERGINE (Cf. aubergine) …   Etymology dictionary

  • eggplant — [eg′plant΄] n. 1. a perennial plant (Solanum melongena) of the nightshade family, with large, ovoid, usually purple skinned fruits that are eaten as a vegetable 2. the fruit …   English World dictionary

  • Eggplant — Aubergine and Melongene redirect here. For the color, see Eggplant (color). Eggplant / Aubergine / Melongene / Brinjal Scientific classification Kingdom …   Wikipedia

  • eggplant — /eg plant , plahnt /, n. 1. a plant, Solanum melongena esculentum, of the nightshade family, cultivated for its edible, dark purple or occasionally white or yellow fruit. 2. the fruit of this plant used as a table vegetable. 3. a blackish purple… …   Universalium

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  • eggplant — UK [ˈeɡˌplɑːnt] / US [ˈeɡˌplænt] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms eggplant : singular eggplant plural eggplants American an aubergine …   English dictionary

  • eggplant — noun Date: 1767 1. a. 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… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • eggplant — [[t]e̱gplɑːnt, plænt[/t]] eggplants N VAR An eggplant is a vegetable with a smooth, dark purple skin. [AM] (in BRIT, use aubergine) …   English dictionary

  • eggplant — n. plant of East Indian origin that bears an edible fruit; dark purple egg shaped fruit of the eggplant (eaten as a vegetable); dark purple color …   English contemporary dictionary

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