brinjal, noun and adjective

Forms:
berinjela, brenjalShow more Also berinjela, brenjal, brenjela, bringal, bringall, bringaul, brinjel, brinjela.
Origin:
PortugueseShow more From Portuguese beringela egg-fruit.
A. noun The aubergine or eggplant, Solanum melongena of the Solanaceae; the plant bearing this fruit.
Note:
Also Indian English.
1804 R. Percival Acct of Cape of G.H. 142The nopal or prickly pear which feeds the cochineal insects, is in abundance; as also bringalls and different kinds of cole and cabbages.
1994 S. Afr. Garden & Home Sept. 135Pickled brinjals.
B. adjective Of the colour of a brinjal, ‘aubergine’.
1988 A. Pillans in S. Afr. Panorama May 23A brinjal pillar? Splashes of pale rose, ox-blood, brick, ochre and taupe wherever you look! T-h-i-r-t-y s-e-v-e-n kinds of marble and granite!
The aubergine or eggplant, Solanum melongena of the Solanaceae; the plant bearing this fruit.
Of the colour of a brinjal, ‘aubergine’.

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