from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A plant (Solanum melongena) native to India, cultivated for its edible, glossy, usually ovoid fruits that are chiefly purple but can be white, yellow, or green.
  • noun A fruit of this plant.
  • noun A blackish purple.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The brinjal or aubergine, Solanum Melongena, cultivated for its large oblong or ovate fruit, which is of a dark-purple-color, or sometimes white or yellow. The fruit is highly esteemed as a vegetable. Also called egg-apple, mad-apple.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A plant (Solanum Melongena), of East Indian origin, allied to the tomato, and bearing a large, glossy, edible fruit, shaped somewhat like an egg; mad-apple. It is widely cultivated for its fruit, commonly eaten as a vegetable.
  • noun The fruit of the eggplant{1}.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Solanum melongena
  • noun Aubergine, the edible fruit of the Solanum melongena.
  • noun A dark purple color.
  • noun slang, derogatory, offensive A black person (used mainly by Italian-Americans).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun hairy upright herb native to southeastern Asia but widely cultivated for its large glossy edible fruit commonly used as a vegetable
  • noun egg-shaped vegetable having a shiny skin typically dark purple but occasionally white or yellow


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From the appearance of the ovoid fruit, especially of varieties bearing white-skinned fruit.]

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From egg + plant, originally applied only to the white-colored variety.


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  • Neither an egg, nor a plant.

    December 8, 2006

  • Talk amongst yourselves! I'll give you a topic, eggplants are neither eggs nor plants. Discuss!

    December 9, 2006

  • I'm all verklempt

    December 9, 2006

  • eggplant, aubergine and brinjal are all the same vegetable yeah?

    March 30, 2007

  • I saw a photo of a white eggplant once, and suddenly it all became clear, why eggplant deserves to be in the weirdness league.

    I decided years ago that eggplants are so beautiful and interesting that I would force myself to keep making eggplant dishes until I found some that I liked. It worked. Now I love the stuff. :)

    October 18, 2007

  • Truly, they do belong in the weirdness league.

    October 18, 2007

  • Eggplant plant plant plants plants.

    (A spy in the aubergine works starts his own garden.)

    June 28, 2008

  • Deus ex aubergina.

    June 28, 2008

  • My Latin is rusty. Is that "Out of eggplants, God"? Or just "God jumped out of an eggplant"?

    June 28, 2008

  • I'm not sure, but I ardently believe the latter.

    June 28, 2008

  • I too believe in eggplants.

    June 28, 2008

  • They are ridiculously yummy stir-fried in some olive oil.

    June 28, 2008

  • God or eggplants, kewpid?

    June 28, 2008

  • I had no idea you could stir-fry God.


    June 28, 2008

  • It's just a short step away from eating body of Christ.

    June 29, 2008

  • I believe I can fry

    I believe I can touch the sky.

    June 29, 2008

  • Earworm!

    June 29, 2008

  • Bit oily for me. I much prefer curried God.

    June 29, 2008

  • I think about it every night* and day

    Trim my wings and fry away.

    (*Night, especially.)

    June 29, 2008

  • Can you imagine a vegetable name (OK, fruit name) less appetizing than "eggplant" or one more enticingly savory than "aubergine?"

    More people would probably eat eggplant if we'd quit calling it that.

    June 29, 2008

  • Goodbye Aubergine;

    though I never knew you at all...

    June 29, 2008

  • :( This kind of overthinking could destroy my love affair with an otherwise perfectly good vegetable (or fruit).

    June 29, 2008

  • :( This kind of overthinking could destroy my love affair with an otherwise perfectly good vegetable (or fruit).

    June 29, 2008

  • God can do anything.

    Ergo, She can be stir-fried.

    June 29, 2008

  • Last thought before going to bed:

    The most famous popular song in my hometown's dialect is about eggplants. If you want the lyrics, ask me tomorrow.

    June 29, 2008

  • Lyrics please!

    I love aubergines. Have you read the novels of Aubergine Waugh?

    June 29, 2008

  • This page is becoming nicely chaotic. I'd like to thank all those who have taken the time to plant eggs.

    June 29, 2008

  • Baked eggplants

    are good and worth liplicking

    Better then broad beans

    Much better than eels

    But if well seasoned

    With garlic and chili

    They make your ass sting

    The eggplants, the eggplants

    They make your ass sting

    The eggplants, "dirundundà".

    June 29, 2008

  • My goodness. I never even knew a song about eggplants existed, much less a rowdy one.

    I may have to reevaluate Solanum melongena.

    June 29, 2008

  • Here you can listen to the song* (

    *Yes, Depeche Mode. People from my hometown have a passion for video-editing and dubbing. One of the most popular local TV programs was based on re-dubbing famous movies in our dialect.

    June 29, 2008

  • Fora di gabbu!!!

    OK, I have no idea what that means, but it's on the video comments and sounded cool.

    June 29, 2008

  • HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You made my day!

    It's "out of my head", meaning awesome in Sassarese.

    I love you Asa.

    By the way, did you notice that this song is also about you?

    June 29, 2008

  • I did, yes. But I trust it was artistic license on the folk that wrote this song. If not, I would like to vigorously disclaim all responsibility. I blame Capsicum frutescens entirely.

    And good to know what I said. I love the phrase. I may have to use it sometime. I assume it's pronounced more or less like Italian? And while I'm at it, where is your region?

    June 30, 2008

  • I've known for some years now that aubergine and courgette are the British English words for what we Americans call eggplant and zucchini. But I can never seem to remember which American word goes with which British word. Mention aubergines to me, and I'll know you're talking about some sort of garden vegetable, but my comprehension ends there.

    June 30, 2008

  • Oh, and yarb -- your earworm-fu is strong. You've pretty much ensured that Elton John will play in my head for the next few hours. :-)

    June 30, 2008

  • Pro, that's delightful! Can you give us those lyrics in your hometown dialect, too? :-)

    June 30, 2008

  • reesetee, this isn't Dialectie, you know.

    June 30, 2008

  • La milinzana in forru

    è bona e assai licchitta

    è megliu di la fava

    più bona di l'anghidda

    ma ssi è cundidda bè

    cun agliu e pebaroni

    ti frizzi un bè ra ganna

    la mirinzana la mirinzana

    ti frizzi un bè ra ganna

    la mirinzana, dirundundà.

    June 30, 2008

  • Asativum can now comment: cess*!

    *Exactly the same as jeez.

    June 30, 2008

  • Hey. If we can have Foodie, Tunie, Poetrie, and Excrementie*, then we might as well have Dialectie, I say.

    *Totally madeupical. See chained_bear.

    P.S. Thanks, Pro!

    June 30, 2008

  • Cess!

    July 2, 2008

  • o ber jean, redux. the white variety is delectable and resembles the color and texture of an egg; hence the name????

    March 20, 2009

  • The African grocery nearby has tins of 'em labelled garden eggs.

    February 10, 2010

  • Note: for my comment about Asativum, I don't think I meant You probably think this song is about you.

    I may be wrong, though.

    But I may be right.

    February 10, 2010

  • I was sure you did. Didn't you? Didn't you?

    February 10, 2010

  • Pro--I missed out on the song about la mirinzana (copyright or something). Any chance you could sing it for us?

    August 31, 2010

  • found in Merriam Webster's Dictionary pg 25

    November 15, 2010