What does sesame mean?

Definitions for sesameˈsɛs ə mi

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sesame, benne, benni, benny, Sesamum indicum(noun)

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


  1. sesame(Noun)

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

  2. sesame(Noun)

    The seed of this plant

  3. 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’.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sesame(noun)

    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

  2. Origin: [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 flowering plant that will yield fruits, flowers and seeds and is cultivated for the edible seeds that are used for a variety of purposes.

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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Kamyl Bazbaz:

    These sesame noodles are weird.

  2. William Osler:

    Work is the open sesame of every portal, the great equalizer in the world, the true philosopher's stone which transmutes all the base metal of humanity into gold.

  3. Elizabeth Cady Stanton:

    Love is the vital essence that pervades and permeates, from the center to the circumference, the graduating circles of all thought and action. Love is the talisman of human weal and woe--the open sesame to every soul.

  4. Coming to America:

    Cleo McDowell Look... me and the McDonald's people got this little misunderstanding. See, they're McDonald's... I'm McDowell's. They got the Golden Arches, mine is the Golden Arcs. They got the Big Mac, I got the Big Mick. We both got two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions, but their buns have sesame seeds. My buns have no seeds.

  5. Brandon Greenberg:

    We sincerely apologize if we offended anyone or if any images were use inappropriately, this was inspired from an image that was obtained from a meme circulating around social media. This was by no means part of an advertising campaign intended to tarnish the Sesame Street brand, but we recognize the issue and all versions of this image have been removed from all Mately websites and social media pages.

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