sesame

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

Definition of sesame

  1. 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

  2. 2 :  open sesame

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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


First Known Use: 15th century

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SESAME Defined for English Language Learners

sesame

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

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

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noun ses·a·me \ˈses-ə-mē also ˈsez-\

Medical Definition of sesame

  1. :  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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