Definitions for sesameˈsɛs ə mi
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
ses•a•meˈsɛs ə mi(n.)
a tropical plant, Sesamum indicum, whose small oval seeds are edible and yield an oil.
the seeds themselves, used to add flavor to bread, crackers, etc.
Ref: open sesame.
Origin of sesame:
1595–1605; < Gk sēsámē sesame plant 蠐 Akkadian šamaššammū
sesame, benne, benni, benny, Sesamum indicum(noun)
East Indian annual erect herb; source of sesame seed or benniseed and sesame oil
A tropical Asian plant Sesamum indicum bearing small flat seeds used as food and as a source of oil
The seed of this plant
Origin: 1425; sisamie, from sisame, learned borrowing from sisamum, variant of sesame, from σησάμη (obl. σήσαμον) ‘sesame seed’, from Old Aramaic (šūššmā), shortening of (šumššemā), from (Assyrian) šamaššammū, šamaššammi, literally ‘plant oil’, compound of ‘oil’ and ‘plant’.
either of two annual herbaceous plants of the genus Sesamum (S. Indicum, and S. orientale), from the seeds of which an oil is expressed; also, the small obovate, flattish seeds of these plants, sometimes used as food. See Benne
Sesame is a flowering plant in the genus Sesamum. Numerous wild relatives occur in Africa and a smaller number in India. It is widely naturalized in tropical regions around the world and is cultivated for its edible seeds, which grow in pods. Sesame seed is considered to be the oldest oilseed crop known, domesticated well over 3000 years ago. Sesame is very drought-tolerant. It has been called a survivor crop, with an ability to grow where most crops fail. Sesame has one of the highest oil contents of any seed. With a rich nutty flavor, it is a common ingredient in cuisines across the world. Sesame, like other nuts and foods, can trigger allergic reactions in some people. The world harvested about 3.84 million metric tonnes of sesame seeds in 2010. The largest producer of sesame seeds in 2010 was Burma. The world's largest exporter of sesame seeds was India, and Japan the largest importer.
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