Sesame definition

sĕsə-mē
Its seeds.
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Authorization software developed by the European Computer Manufacturers Association (ECMA) for large, complex, heterogeneous network computing environments. Sesame is a flexible and open standard. See also Access Manager, authorization, ECMA, Kerberos, and security.
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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.
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A tropical Asian plant (Sesamum indicum) bearing small flat seeds used as food and as a source of oil.
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The seed of this plant.
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An erect annual plant (Sesamum indicum) native to tropical Asia, widely cultivated for its small flat seeds.
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The seed of this plant, used as food and as a source of oil.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
sesame
Plural:
sesames

Origin of sesame

  • Middle English sisamie from Latin sēsamum from Greek sēsamē, sēsamon probably ultimately from Akkadian šamaššammū šamnu oil šmn in Semitic roots šammu plant śmm in Semitic roots

    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?].

    From Wiktionary