One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounSouth African, Indian
- ‘He led us past small, tiled, cottages and fields of marigold, ladies' finger and brinjal.’
- ‘Every morning, she sat on the floor surrounded by brinjals, potatoes and greens bulging out of hessian bags.’
- ‘Add the brinjal, stir for a while and add a little water and cook.’
- ‘They vend odd concoctions of karela, carrot, beetroot and maybe even brinjal.’
- ‘Now, they till their small backyard growing brinjals and greens for a living.’
Based on Portuguese berinjela, from Arabic al-bāḏinjān (see aubergine).
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