eggplant

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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.

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eggplant (plural eggplants)

  1. Solanum melongena
  2. Aubergine, the edible fruit of the Solanum melongena.
  3. A dark purple color.
    eggplant colour:    
  4. (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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