ses·​a·​me | \ ˈse-sə-mē How to pronounce sesame (audio) 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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Recent Examples on the Web Who doesn’t love cold sesame or peanut butter noodles? Hetty Mckinnon, Bon Appétit, "6 Delicious Ways to Bulk Up Instant Noodles," 10 July 2020 Repeat with the remaining radishes, oil, sesame seeds and salt. cleveland, "Want to drastically improve your cooking? Get the right types of salt and use them well," 23 June 2020 For extra seasoning, bowls get a sprinkle of gomashio, a Japanese sesame salt. Janelle Bitker,, "What goes into a pickle bowl at Bay Area’s Cultured Pickle Shop," 3 June 2020 Add the vinaigrette and sesame seeds, if using, to the slaw and toss until well coated. Washington Post, "Gochujang brings the big flavor that skinny pork chops need," 9 June 2020 Many are caught every season on nymphs the size of sesame seeds. Morgan Lyle, Field & Stream, "10 Things to Know Before Your First Season of Flyfishing," 11 May 2020 Sliced scallions or chives, panko bread crumbs, toasted sesame seeds or even some Sriracha might do. Alexa Weibel, New York Times, "This Simple Five-Ingredient Pasta Has Loads of Flavor," 16 Apr. 2020 Within standard procedure are trends – such as substituting tahini (sesame seed paste) for butter, which adds a slightly nutty flavor. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Everyone is baking now. We asked some top Wisconsin bakers for tips on making better chocolate chip cookies," 14 Apr. 2020 Flavors include matcha, black sesame, red bean, coconut, Thai tea, raspberry crunch, vanilla chip, salted caramel, passion fruit, mango, strawberry and chocolate. Jean Chen Smith,, "Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Stay-at-home edition," 30 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of sesame was in the 15th century

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“Sesame.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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