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From Portuguese brinjela, ultimately from Sanskrit भण्टाकी (bhaṇṭākī, aubergine) via the Arabic al-badinjan. The Sanskrit word is likely of Dravidian origin, from the source that also ultimately gave aubergine.


brinjal (plural brinjals)

  1. (India, Malaysia, Pakistan) An aubergine or eggplant.
    • 1858, George Trevor, India, an historical sketch‎, page 14:
      Hindustan produces abundance of wheat, and throughout India the natives are plentifully supplied with vegetables and fruit; the brinjal, tomato, yam, carrot, radish, onion, garlic, spinach cabbage, nowkohl, cucumbers, and other gourds, may be mentioned among the former


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