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  • n. sesame

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of gamopetalous plants, type of the tribe Sesameæ in the order Pedalineæ.

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  • n. tropical African and Indian herbs


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From Latin


  • Then, again, O thou of Kuru's race, diverse harsh speeches, such as sesamum seeds without kernel, etc., were applied by the wrathful sons to those high-souled ones, viz., the sons of Pandu.

    The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 Books 4, 5, 6 and 7

  • And so, that point being settled, and you possessing, as we understand, the open sesamum into these secret apartments, how, if we may ask, do you intend to avail yourself of your privilege?

    The Fair Maid of Perth

  • Ajonjolí (sesame) sesamum indicum: An indispensible ingredient in many moles, as well as being the traditional mole Poblano garnish, sesame seeds are used to top the sandwich rolls called cemitas and a variety of other baked goods.

    A Culinary Guide to Mexican Herbs: Las Hierbas de Cocina

  • The third important mole and pipian seed, sesame (sesamum indicum), was introduced to Mexico by the Europeans.

    Cooking with seeds: Semillas en la cocina

  • When lovers lie on a bed, and embrace each other so closely that the arms and thighs of the one are encircled by the arms and thighs of the other, and are, as it were, rubbing up against them, this is called an embrace like 'the mixture of sesamum seed with rice'.

    The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana

  • Tila-Tandulaka, or the mixture of sesamum seed with rice.

    The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana

  • If a man takes the outer covering of sesamum seeds, and soaks them with the eggs of sparrows, and then, having boiled them in milk, mixed with sugar and ghee, along with the fruits of the trapa bispinosa and the kasurika plant, and adding to it the flour of wheat and beans, and then drinks this composition, he is said to be able to enjoy many women.

    The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana

  • Gerzilin, or sesamum — “wild sesamum,” was shown to us, and is said to be well known among native nurses as a very gentle and tasteless aperient for children.

    A Popular Account of Dr. Livingstone's Expedition to the Zambesi and Its Tributaries

  • Food eaten at any other part of the day is called vikala, and forbidden; but a weary traveller might receive unseasonable refreshment, consisting, as Watters has shown (Ch.Rev. viii. 282), of honey, butter, treacle, and sesamum oil.

    A Record of Buddhistic Kingdoms

  • Szafra usually adulterate it with sesamum oil, and tar.

    Travels in Arabia


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