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?] (šamaššammū)[script?], [script?] (šamaššammi)[script?], literally ‘oil plant’, compound of [script?] (šaman, oil)[script?] and [script?] (šammu, plant)[script?].

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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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