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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sesame, benne, benni, benny, Sesamum indicumnoun

    East Indian annual erect herb; source of sesame seed or benniseed and sesame oil


  1. sesamenoun

    A tropical Asian plant Sesamum indicum bearing small flat seeds used as food and as a source of oil

    Etymology: 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’.

  2. sesamenoun

    The seed of this plant

    Etymology: 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’.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sesamenoun

    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

    Etymology: [L. sesamum, sesama, Gr. , : cf. F. ssame.]


  1. Sesame

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sesame

    ses′a-mē, n. an annual herbaceous plant of Southern Asia, whose seed yields the valuable gingili-oil.—adjs. Ses′amoid, -al, denoting certain small bones found in the substance of the tendons at the articulations of the great toes, and in other parts of the body.—n. Ses′amum, the genus to which sesame belongs.—Open sesame, the charm by which the door of the robbers' cave flew open in the tale of 'Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves' in the Arabian Nights. [Fr.,—L.,—Gr.]

Editors Contribution

  1. sesame

    A type of cultivar, plant and seed.

    Sesame is cultivated for its seeds which are used as a form of food, a form of oil

    Submitted by MaryC on April 3, 2016  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Sesame in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Sesame in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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  1. Azmi Musleh:

    That land is my heart and soul. It is my family's heart and soul. We used to grow sesame, figs, olives, back to the time of my father, his father, and his father before him.

  2. Caroll Spinney:

    Before I came to Sesame Street, I didn't feel like what I was doing was very important. Big Bird helped me find my purpose, even as I step down from my roles, I feel I will always be Big Bird. And even Oscar, once in a while ! They have given me great joy, led me to my true calling -- and my wonderful wife ! -- and created a lifetime of memories that I will cherish forever.

  3. Kamyl Bazbaz:

    These sesame noodles are weird.

  4. Linda Ronstadt:

    That's mind-boggling, sesame Street.

  5. Lisa Henson:

    When he was a younger guy, he really thought that puppetry was only going to be part of what he would do with his life creatively, and that he would also be a filmmaker -- and particularly an experimental filmmaker, so when the Muppets became so popular, with' Sesame Street' and then with' The Muppet Show,' he didn't want to just continue to only do the Muppets. He always had other things that he wanted to pursue creatively, and' The Dark Crystal' was The Dark Crystal ', and his first big breakaway.

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    a hazy or indistinct representation
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