melanzana

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Etymology[edit]

From Arabic بَاذِنْجَان(bāḏinjān), from now archaic Persian بادنگان(bâdengân), from Sanskrit भण्टाकी(bhaṇṭākī, aubergine), reshaped under the influence of mela(apple). Compare Modern Greek μελιτζάνα(melitzána), Sicilian milinciana and Medieval Latin mēlongena.

Pronunciation[edit]

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  • IPA(key): /me.lanˈdza.na/, /me.lanˈtsa.na/
  • Hyphenation: me‧lan‧zà‧na

Noun[edit]

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melanzana f ‎(plural melanzane)

  1. aubergine (British); eggplant (US)
  2. (US, Italian-American slang) dummy (as though “eggplant-head”)

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