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An eggplant.
White eggplant fruits, for whose resemblance to chicken eggs the plant is named

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From egg + plant, originally applied only to the white-colored variety.



eggplant ‎(countable and uncountable, plural eggplants) (Canada, US, Australia, New Zealand)

  1. (Canada, US, Australia, New Zealand) The plant Solanum melongena.
  2. (Canada, US, Australia, New Zealand) The edible fruit of the Solanum melongena: an aubergine.
  3. (Canada, US) A dark purple color, like that of the skin of this fruit.
    eggplant colour:    
  4. (US, slang, derogatory, offensive) A black person (used mainly by Italian-Americans).
    • 2004, Wendy Coakley-Thompson, Back to Life:
      "Why am I not surprised?" This was the limit. "You know, I'm black enough for his family to yell eggplant-this and nigger-that at me," she said.
    • 2006, Jerome Charyn, Raised by wolves: the turbulent art and times of Quentin Tarantino
      What else can he do? But Hopper continues his riff. "Sicilians still carry that nigger gene . . . Your ancestors are niggers. You're part eggplant."



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