sesame

noun ses·a·me \ ˈse-sə-mē also ˈse-zə- \

Definition of sesame

1 :a widely cultivated chiefly tropical or subtropical annual erect herb (Sesamum indicum of the family Pedaliaceae); also :its small seeds used especially as a source of oil and a flavoring agent

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Origin and Etymology of sesame

alteration of earlier sesam, sesama, from Latin sesamum, sesama, from Greek sēsamon, sēsamē, of Semitic origin; akin to Akkadian šamaššamu sesame

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SESAME Defined for English Language Learners

sesame

noun

Definition of sesame for English Language Learners

  • : a plant that is grown in warm regions and that produces small flat seeds that are used in cooking and as a source of oil


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sesame

noun ses·a·me \ ˈses-ə-mē also ˈsez- \

medical Definition of sesame

:a widely cultivated annual erect herb (Sesamum indicum synonym S. orientale of the family Pedaliaceae); also :its small somewhat flat seeds used as a source of sesame oil and a flavoring agent


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