Definition of sesame in English:


Line breaks: ses¦ame
Pronunciation: /ˈsɛsəmi


[mass noun]
  • 1A tall annual herbaceous plant of tropical and subtropical areas of the Old World, cultivated for its oil-rich seeds.
    • Sesamum indicum, family Pedaliaceae
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    • Maize and sesame are common in the irrigated farms along the Wabe Sha ile River.
    • Most of the crops are from dry land including groundnuts, sunflower, green gram, sesame and soya.
    • The farmers in the village grew ragi, cow pea, pigeon pea, green gram, jowar, horse gram and sesame.
  • 1.1 (sesame seed) The edible seeds of the sesame plant, which are used whole or have the oil extracted.
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    • I look at the people in the cars all being served with processed meat on sesame seed buns.
    • Pour black sesame seeds into one small shallow bowl and white seeds into another.
    • It packs a powerful yet sensual punch, thanks to a blend of mint leaf, sesame seed and hazel wood.


open sesame

A free or unrestricted means of admission or access: academic success is not an automatic open sesame to the job market
[from the magic formula in the tale of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (see Ali Baba)]


late Middle English: via Latin from Greek sēsamon, sēsamē; compare with Arabic simsim.

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