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See sesame.

[Wolof and Malinke bene.]


1. (Plants) another name for sesame
2. (Plants) benne oil the edible oil obtained from sesame seeds
[C18: from Malay bene; compare Bambara bene]


(ˈbɛn i)

the sesame plant or its seeds.
[1760–70, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.benne - East Indian annual erect herbbenne - East Indian annual erect herb; source of sesame seed or benniseed and sesame oil
benniseed, sesame seed - small oval seeds of the sesame plant
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
genus Sesamum, Sesamum - tropical African and Indian herbs
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