- a paste made of ground sesame seeds.
Origin of tahini
1895–1900; < Levantine Arabic ṭaḥīne, derivative of ṭaḥan grind
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Examples from the Web for tahini
Gradually and sparingly add water while stirring the tahini quickly with a fork.An Israeli Independence Day Menu
May 10, 2011
- a paste made from sesame seeds originating in the Middle East, often used as an ingredient of hummus and other dips
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Word Origin and History for tahini
from Arabic tahina, from tahana "to grind or crush."
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