melanzana

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Etymology[edit]

From Arabicبَاذِنْجَان(bāḏinjān), from now archaic Persianبادنگان(bâdengân), from Sanskrit भण्डाकी (bhaṇḍākī) or वातिगगम (vātigagama, eggplant, aubergine), reshaped under the influence of mela (apple). Compare Greek μελιτζάνα (melitzána), Sicilian milinciana and Medieval Latin mēlongēna.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /me.lanˈd͡za.na/, /me.lanˈt͡sa.na/
  • Rhymes: -ana
  • Hyphenation: me‧lan‧zà‧na
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Noun[edit]

melanzana f (plural melanzane)

  1. aubergine (UK); eggplant (US)
  2. (US, Italian-American slang) dummy (as though “eggplant-head”)
    Synonym: (Central Italy, rare) petonciano

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