American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See sesame.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An annual plant, Sesamum Indicum, natural order Pedaliaceœ, a native of India, but largely cultivated in most tropical and subtropical countries for the sake of the seeds and the oil expressed from it. The leaves are very mucilaginous, and readily impart this quality to water. The seeds have from ancient times been classed with the most nutritious grains, and are still extensively used for food in Asia and Africa. They yield about half their weight of oil (known as benne-, gingili-, teel-, or sesameoil), which is inodorous, not readily turned rancid by exposure, and in universal use in India in cooking and anointing, for soaps, etc. Large quantities of both oil and seeds are imported into France, England, and the United States, and are used chiefly in the manufacture of soap and for the adulteration of olive-oil, or as a substitute for it.
- n. botany sesame
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) The name of two plants (Sesamum orientale and Sesamum indicum), originally Asiatic; -- also called
oil plant. From their seeds an oil is expressed, called benne oil or sesame oil, used mostly for making soap. In the southern United States the seeds are used in candy.
- n. East Indian annual erect herb; source of sesame seed or benniseed and sesame oil
- Malay. (Wiktionary)
- Wolof and Malinke bene. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“They came to America from Africa and the Nigerian name for them, "benne", stuck.”
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“Africans, who called it “benne,” brought it with them to the United States in the 17th century during the slave trade.”
“Today, benne wafers -- thin cookies/crackers made with sesame seeds -- are closely associated with Low Country cooking, a style of cooking centered in Charleston, South Carolina.”
“Of course, sesame is traditional in Japanese cuisine, and Arabs use tahini in everything, not to mention the benne seed wafers of my youth!”
“* The secret password for the mice's counsel is "Egy aprócska kalapocska, benne csacska macska mocska" (pronounced "Edge ah-proe-tschka kala-poe-tschka, benne tchatchka matchka moh-tchka") (meaning "A tiny little hat with a silly cat's dirt in it").”
“It is without doubt accus., parallel with 'benne.”
“They include his grandmother's wild goose beans and benne seed, an African sesame seed brought to the South Carolina Lowcountry by slaves.”
“És ez ilyen gyors is marad, mert nincs benne multitaszk.”
“Without a bunch of flavouring stalks me 3 tablespoons benne seeds (rather in individual flag)”
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