ses·​a·​me | \ ˈse-sə-mē also ˈse-zə- How to pronounce sesame (audio) \

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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No-Cook Cashew Chicken with Broccoli and Bell Pepper (Photo: Patrick Breen/The Republic) Servings: 4 Shredded chicken, glistening in a sweet and salty glaze of hoisin and sesame. Robin Miller, azcentral, "Healthy summer dinners you can make without turning on the oven," 31 July 2019 Add the pumpkin, flaxseeds, sesame and poppy seeds. Tara Duggan,, "Recipe: William Werner’s Tomato Tart," 23 July 2019 Bring a large group and order a variety of dishes: Kids tend to love the dumplings and barbecue pork buns, but don’t miss steamed rice rolls, sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaves, sesame balls, and much more. Globe Staff,, "Where to take your kids to eat this summer vacation," 16 July 2019 Top off that mini sandwich with some bagel sesame seasoning or add a tomato slice or two for extra fiber. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "A Nutritionist Picks Out the 5 Healthy Snacks to Bring Everywhere This Summer," 15 July 2019 So is the Italian breakfast, which consists of Prosciutto, robiolina cheese, honey, toasted almonds and sesame cookies. John-john Williams Iv,, "Where you can find Baltimore’s bougiest brunches," 9 July 2019 But then came jhol momos: tidily crimped, doughy dumplings swimming in a tomato-and-sesame broth spiced up with chiles and Nepalese hog plum powder (eight for $7). Seth Kugel, New York Times, "A Whirlwind, Round-the-World Food Tour of Queens," 1 July 2019 Most are crispy and seedy, predominately made from rice and sesame. Jolene Thym, The Mercury News, "Taste-Off: The best gluten-free crackers — and the lousy ones," 29 June 2019 The menu changes regularly but can include seared pigeon, roasted guinea fowl and smoked sesame tofu. Stuart Miller,, "Wimbledon is the ultimate pilgrimage for tennis fans and those who love tradition," 23 June 2019

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First Known Use of sesame

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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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English Language Learners Definition of sesame

: 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


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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