ben·​ne | \ ˈbe-nē How to pronounce benne (audio) \
variants: or less commonly bene

Definition of benne

Examples of benne in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Be sure to use unsweetened cocoa powder; swapping out the benne seeds with sesame seeds and maple sugar with light brown sugar is fine. Nicole Taylor, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 Oct. 2021 Low country hurricane popcorn with Old Bay, cayenne, benne seed, popped sorghum berries and nori. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, 2 June 2021 Wilma Flinstone appears to have staged the meaty smoked pork spare ribs, the dark bark of which is sticky with honey, caramelized brown sugar and soy sauce and freckled with benne seeds. Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2021 Add 1/2 cup each sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, flaxseeds, and raw benne seeds or sesame seeds. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 21 Dec. 2020 Using equal amounts of black and white sesame seeds produces an especially dramatic cake, but white sesame or benne seeds work well too. Washington Post, 15 Dec. 2020 For her that means benne-seed biscuits topped with local country ham and hollandaise punched up with her version of kitchen pepper, an idiosyncratic blend of pepper and warm spices. Amiel Stanek, Bon Appétit, 17 Apr. 2020 The pleasing entree is finished with hot-sauced honey and benne seeds. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 2 Aug. 2019 Read more about it here Oils: Oliver Oil Co. in Pitts, Ga., which won last year for its benne oil and sunflower oil., 28 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of benne

1769, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for benne

of African origin; akin to Malinke bĕne sesame

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17 Oct 2021

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“Benne.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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variants: or bene \ ˈben-​ē How to pronounce benne (audio) \

Medical Definition of benne

: sesame

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