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Origin of sesame
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 1425; Middle English sisamie, from Middle French sisame, learned borrowing from Latin sÄ«samum, variant of sÄ“sama, from Ancient Greek σήσαμον (sḗsamon, “sesame seed"), from Old Aramaic שושמא (Å¡Å«Å¡Å¡mā), shortening of שומשומא (Å¡umÅ¡Å¡emā), 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?].