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.
1843 Cape of G.H. Almanac & Annual RegisterIn very rich ground sow capsicum, chili-pepper, eggplant (Bringal), sweet bazil, tumato, okro, etc.
1891 R. Monteiro Delagoa Bay 54Sometimes they bring a few fresh beans or bunches of cabbages, or Berinjelas (the fruit of the egg-plant and most delicious when cut in slices and fried in butter or oil).
1907 J.M. Wood Handbk to Flora of Natal 90Less well-known species are the Egg-plant or Brinjal.
1936 M. Higham Hsehold Cookery (1941) 139Brinjal or Egg Plant (Aubergine).
1950 H. Gerber Cape Cookery 98Baked stuffed Brinjals. Choose plump fruits, and allow one halved brinjal per person. Without peeling the brinjal scoop out the pulp.
1977 Fair Lady 8 June (Suppl.) 30Peel and coarsely chop brinjals. Sprinkle with salt and stand for 20 minutes. Drain brinjals and add to curry.
1990 Weekend Post 14 Apr. (Leisure) 6Brinjals, also known as eggplants or aubergines, can be used in many dishes.
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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