- a plant (Sesamum indicum) of a family (Pedaliaceae, order Scrophulariales) of tropical, dicotyledonous herbs and shrubs, whose flat seeds yield an edible oil and are used for flavoring bread, rolls, etc.
- its seeds
Origin of sesamealtered (infl. by Gr) ; from earlier sesama ; from Classical Latin sesamum sesama ; from Classical Greek s?samon, s?sam?, ultimately ; from Akkadian shaman shamm?, oil of plants
- An erect annual plant (Sesamum indicum) native to tropical Asia, widely cultivated for its small flat seeds.
- The seed of this plant, used as food and as a source of oil. In both senses also called benne, til1.
Origin of sesameMiddle English sisamie, from Latin s&emacron;samum, from Greek s&emacron;sam&emacron;, s&emacron;samon, probably ultimately from Akkadian šamaššamm&umacron; : šamnu, oil; see šmn in Semitic roots + šammu, plant; see śmm in Semitic roots.
1425; Middle English sisamie, from Middle French sisame, learned borrowing from Latin sÄ«samum, variant of sÄ“sama, from Ancient Greek ÏƒÎ®ÏƒÎ±Î¼Î¿Î½ (sá¸—samon, “sesame seed"), from Old Aramaic ×©×•×©×ž× (Å¡Å«Å¡Å¡mÄ), shortening of ×©×•×ž×©×•×ž× (Å¡umÅ¡Å¡emÄ), from Akkadian (Assyrian) [script?] (Å¡amaÅ¡Å¡ammÅ«)[script?], [script?] (Å¡amaÅ¡Å¡ammi)[script?], literally "˜oil plant', compound of [script?] (Å¡aman, “oil")[script?] and [script?] (Å¡ammu, “plant")[script?].