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aubergine

An aubergine is a plant that grows large, dark purple fruits. If you live in North America, you probably call aubergines "eggplants."

People who live in the United Kingdom use the word aubergine for these big, heavy, squash-like fruits. You probably think of them as vegetables, whether you call them aubergines or eggplants. One common way to serve them is fried in bread crumbs and covered in melty cheese. The word aubergine has a Sanskrit root, and it's commonly used to describe the rich, deep purple color of a ripe aubergine.

Definitions of aubergine
  1. noun
    hairy upright herb native to southeastern Asia but widely cultivated for its large glossy edible fruit commonly used as a vegetable
    synonyms: Solanum melongena, brinjal, eggplant, eggplant bush, garden egg, mad apple
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    type of:
    herb, herbaceous plant
    a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
  2. noun
    egg-shaped vegetable having a shiny skin typically dark purple but occasionally white or yellow
    synonyms: eggplant, mad apple
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    type of:
    solanaceous vegetable
    any of several fruits of plants of the family Solanaceae; especially of the genera Solanum, Capsicum, and Lycopersicon
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