[ ben-ee ]
/ ˈbɛn i /
Southern U.S., especially South Carolina, and Bahamian English. the sesame plant or its seeds.
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Origin of benne
1760–70, Americanism;<Wolof, Malinke bene
Words nearby benne
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Example sentences from the Web for benne
Benne, &c.; etymologists trace the word to a root meaning “to plait.”
British Dictionary definitions for benne
/ (ˈbɛnɪ) /
another name for sesame
benne oil the edible oil obtained from sesame seeds
Word Origin for benne
C18: from Malay bene; compare Bambara bene
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