- 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. Also called In both senses also called benne . Also called til 1.
Origin of sesameMiddle English sisamie from Latin sēsamum from Greek sēsamē, sēsamon probably ultimately from Akkadian šamaššammū šamnu oil šmn šammu plant śmm
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?].