eggplant

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English[edit]

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.

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

  1. (Canada, US) The plant Solanum melongena.
  2. (Canada, US) 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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