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1. An erect annual plant (Sesamum indicum) native to tropical Asia, widely cultivated for its small flat seeds.
2. The seed of this plant, used as food and as a source of oil. In both senses also called benne, til1.
[Middle English sisamie, from Latin sēsamum, from Greek sēsamē, sēsamon, probably ultimately from Akkadian šamaššammū : šamnu, oil; see šmn in Semitic roots + šammu, plant; see śmm in Semitic roots.]
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nAlso called: benne, gingili, semsem or til
1. (Plants) a tropical herbaceous plant, Sesamum indicum, of the East Indies, cultivated, esp in India, for its small oval seeds: family Pedaliaceae
2. (Plants) the seeds of this plant, used in flavouring bread and yielding an edible oil (benne oil or gingili)
[C15: from Latin sēsamum, from Greek sēsamon, sēsamē, of Semitic origin; related to Arabic simsim]
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ses•a•me(ˈsɛs ə mi)
1. a tropical plant, Sesamum indicum, whose small oval seeds are edible and yield an oil.
2. the seeds themselves, used to add flavor to bread, crackers, etc.
3. open sesame.
[1595–1605; < Greek sēsámē sesame plant « Akkadian šamaššammū]
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|Noun||1.||sesame - East Indian annual erect herb; source of sesame seed or benniseed and sesame oil|
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
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n (= plant) → sésame m
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
n → Sesamöl nt
n → Sesamkorn nt; sesame roll → Sesambrötchen nt
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
a. (plant) → sesamo
b. (Arabian Nights) open sesame → apriti sesamo (fig) an open sesame to sth → un biglieto d'ingresso per qc (fig)
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