egg·plant, egg-plant n.
1. 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.
Syn: -- eggplant, aubergine, brinjal, eggplant bush, garden egg, mad apple, Solanum melongena.
n 1: egg-shaped vegetable having a shiny skin typically dark
purple but occasionally white or yellow [syn: aubergine,
2: hairy upright herb native to southeastern Asia but widely
cultivated for its large glossy edible fruit commonly used
as a vegetable [syn: aubergine, brinjal, eggplant
bush, garden egg, mad apple, Solanum melongena]