n. Derogatory slang term for a black person. A Sicilian word, derived from the Italian ''melanzane'' (English: eggplant
). Common among Italian-Americans, particularly of Sicilian origin, as a slur for African-Americans.
Popularized in American culture by television drama series ''The Sopranos
''The Sopranos'' (02.08)
Anthony Bevilaqua: He's my homey
Richie Aprile: Your what?
Anthony Bevilaqua: He lives up near me.
Richie Aprile: Well, why didn't you say that? If you want to speak like a fucking mulignan, we'll send you to slip and fall school.