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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An Ethiopian plant (Guizotia abyssinica) having opposite leaves and rayed, yellow flower heads, grown for its oil-rich seeds.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A tropical African asteraceous shrub (Guizotia abyssinica) cultivated for its seeds (called ramtil seeds or niger seeds) which yield a valuable oil used for food and as an illuminant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A plant, Guizotia Abyssinica, with oleiferous seeds.

Etymologies

Hindi rāmtil : Sanskrit rāma-, dark + Sanskrit tilaḥ, sesame.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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