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Middle English , sysame , from sisamie Latin , genitive singular of sīsamī Latin , sīsamum (compare sēsamum Medieval Latin , sīsaminum Old French ), from sisamin Ancient Greek σήσαμον ( sḗsamon, “ sesame seed ” ) and σησάμη ( sēsámē, “ sesame plant ” ), from Old Aramaic שושמא ( šūššmā ), shortening of שומשומא ( šumššumā ), from Akkadian 𒃻𒈦𒌑𒈬 ( /šamaššammū/ ), 𒊭𒈦𒌑𒈨 ( /šamaššammi/, literally “ oil plant ” ), compound of 𒉌 ( /šaman/, “ oil ” ) and 𒌑 ( /šammu/, “ plant ” ). Spelling was modified early 15c. to reflect Ancient Greek σησάμη ( sēsámē ).
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sesame ( , countable and uncountable plural )
tropical Asian plant ( ) bearing small flat Sesamum indicum seeds used as food and as a source of oil.
Synonyms: , beniseed gingelly The seed of this plant.
2012 May 8, Yotam Ottolenghi; Sami Tamimi, Ottolenghi: The Cookbook ,  Random House, , page 79: →ISBN First, marinate the tofu. In a bowl, whisk the kecap manis, chilli sauce, and sesame oil together. Cut the tofu into strips about 1cm thick, mix gently (so it doesn't break) with the marinade and leave in the fridge for half an hour. Synonym: sesame seed
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