See also: sésame

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sesame seeds

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1425; Middle English sisamie, from Middle French sisame, learned borrowing from Latin sīsamum, variant of sēsama, from Ancient Greek σήσαμον(sḗsamon, sesame seed), from Old Aramaic שושמא(šūššmā), shortening of שומשומא(šumššumā), from Akkadian (Assyrian) [script needed](šamaššammū), [script needed](šamaššammi, literally oil plant), compound of [script needed](šaman, oil) and [script needed](šammu, plant).

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sesame ‎(plural sesames)

  1. A tropical Asian plant (Sesamum indicum) bearing small flat seeds used as food and as a source of oil.
  2. The seed of this plant.

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