Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (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.

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  • noun botany sesame

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun East Indian annual erect herb; source of sesame seed or benniseed and sesame oil

Etymologies

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

[Wolof and Malinke bene.]

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Malay.

Examples

  • They came to America from Africa and the Nigerian name for them, "benne", stuck.

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  • 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.

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

    Benne (Sesame) Seed Wafers

  • Of course, sesame is traditional in Japanese cuisine, and Arabs use tahini in everything, not to mention the benne seed wafers of my youth!

    Archive 2007-09-01

  • Of course, sesame is traditional in Japanese cuisine, and Arabs use tahini in everything, not to mention the benne seed wafers of my youth!

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  • * 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").

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