aubergine (n.)

"fruit of the eggplant" (Solanum esculentum), 1794, from French aubergine, diminutive of auberge, a kind of peach, variant of alberge, from Spanish alberchigo "apricot" [OED]. Klein derives the French word from Catalan alberginera, from Arabic al-badinjan "the eggplant," from Persian badin-gan, from Sanskrit vatigagama. As a color like that of the eggplant fruit, it is attested from 1895.