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] ‎(šamaššammi, literally oil plant), compound of [script needed] ‎(šaman, oil) and [script needed] ‎(šammu, plant).

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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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