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
2 : open sesame
Recent Examples of sesame from the Web
For the slaw: Combine juices with salt and sugar, pour over cabbage, lightly toss in sesame oil until incorporated.
Divide among individual plates; sprinkle with the scallions and remaining sesame seeds.
A recipe for sesame beef tacos taught me a simple way to quick-pickle vegetables.
A bowl of chicken broth is presented on the side with a slick of sesame oil, the better to heal you.
Combine all the batter ingredients except togarashi and sesame seeds and allow to sit as the oil heats.
Most fast food giants have strict specifications for their suppliers to make sure that no unique or distinguishing features creep in, right down to the placement of sesame seeds on the buns.
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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
SESAME Defined for English Language Learners
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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