Definition of sesame in English:

sesame

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɛsəmi
 
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noun

[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
More example sentences
  • 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.
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

Phrases

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)]

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