1mainly British The purple egg-shaped fruit of a tropical Old World plant, which is eaten as a vegetable; an eggplant.
- ‘a puree of aubergine’
- 1.1A dark purple color like the skin of an eggplant.
2mainly British The large plant of the nightshade family that bears eggplants.
Solanum melongena, family Solanaceae
Late 18th century from French, from Catalan alberginia, from Arabic al-bāḏinjān (based on Persian bādingān, from Sanskrit vātiṃgaṇa).