sesame

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sesame seeds

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From Ancient Greek σησάμη (sēsámē). Earlier (1425) Middle English sisamie, from Middle French sisame, learned borrowing from Latin sīsamum, variant of sēsama, from Ancient Greek σήσαμον (sḗsamon, sesame seed) and σησάμη (sēsámē, sesame plant), from Old Aramaic שושמא(šūššmā), shortening of שומשומא(šumššumā), from Akkadian (Assyrian) [script needed] (šamaššammū), [script needed] (šamaššammi, literally oil plant), compound of [script needed] (šaman, oil) and [script needed] (šammu, plant).(Can this(+) etymology be sourced?)

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sesame (countable and uncountable, 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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