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

  • n. See sesame.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. sesame

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The 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.

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

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

Etymologies

Wolof and Malinke bene.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Malay. (Wiktionary)

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