sesame

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sesame seeds

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1425; Middle English sisamie, from Middle French sisame, learned borrowing from Latin sīsamum, variant of sēsama, from Ancient Greek σήσαμον (sḗsamon, sesame seed), from Old Aramaic שושמא (šūššmā), shortening of שומשומא (šumššemā), from Akkadian (Assyrian) [script needed] (šamaššammū)[script needed], [script needed] (šamaššammi)[script needed], literally ‘oil plant’, compound of [script needed] (šaman, oil)[script needed] and [script needed] (šammu, plant)[script needed].

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sesame (plural sesames)

  1. A tropical Asian plant (Sesamum indicum) bearing small flat seeds used as food and as a source of oil.
  2. The seed of this plant.

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