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

  • n. A thick paste made from ground sesame seeds.

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  • n. A paste made from ground sesame seeds; used to make hummus, baba ghanoush etc.

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  • n. a thick Middle Eastern paste made from ground sesame seeds

Etymologies

Turkish tāhin, sesame flour or oil, from Arabic ṭaḥīna, from ṭaḥīn, flour, from ṭaḥana, to grind; see ṭḥn in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Arabic طحينية (ʈaħinīya), from Arabic root word طحن (ʈáħana), meaning "to grind", closely related to طحين (ʈaħīn), flour. (Wiktionary)

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  • Offered along with chilli sauce by late-night kebab-vendors in the UK thus: chillitahiniiii?

    July 19, 2008

  • A paste made from ground sesame seeds, the main ingredient in hummus.

    February 21, 2007