- a perennial plant (Solanum melongena) of the nightshade family, with large, ovoid, usually purple-skinned fruits that are eaten as a vegetable
- the fruit
Origin of eggplantso named from its shape; origin, originally applied to a white-skinned variety
- a. 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.b. A fruit of this plant. Also called aubergine.
- A blackish purple.
Origin of eggplantFrom the appearance of the ovoid fruit, especially of varieties bearing white-skinned fruit.