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EtymologyEdit

From Arabic بَاذِنْجَان (bāḏinjān), from now archaic Persian بادنگان (bâdengân), from Sanskrit भण्डाकी (bhaṇḍākī, aubergine), reshaped under the influence of mela (apple). Compare Greek μελιτζάνα (melitzána), Sicilian milinciana and Medieval Latin mēlongēna.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /me.lanˈdza.na/, /me.lanˈtsa.na/
  • Hyphenation: me‧lan‧zà‧na

NounEdit

melanzana f (plural melanzane)

  1. aubergine (British); eggplant (US)
    Synonyms: (Central Italy, rare) petonciano
  2. (US, Italian-American slang) dummy (as though “eggplant-head”)

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