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  • For starters, try pulpo en tinta de calamar (octopus in squid ink), caviar de berenjena (aubergine caviar) or sopa de cangrejo (crab soup).

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  • The garbanzo dip called hummus, the eggplant dip known as baba ganouj - called simply berenjena, or eggplant, in Puebla - and the herb and bulgur salad tabbouleh are all popular and have retained their distinctly Lebanese identity.

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  • Aubergine may have entered French through Catalan as the Catalonian pronunciation of al berginia is a bit nearer the French than the Spanish al berenjena.

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  • This makes historical sense, and the Arabic term leads, by evident phonological processes, first to alberenjena (the modern Spanish word for eggplant is the same minus the Arabic definite article, al: berenjena), and then to aubergine.

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  • Spanish term for (Fr.) aubergine, but see the Wordnik examples on how these two terms may be related. No matter their origin, both terms seem so much more elegant to American ears than English "eggplant".

    June 12, 2010