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benne

or ben·ny

[ben-ee]
noun
  1. 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
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Historical Examples of benne

  • Benne, &c.; etymologists trace the word to a root meaning “to plait.”

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 7

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British Dictionary definitions for benne

benne

noun
  1. another name for sesame
  2. benne oil the edible oil obtained from sesame seeds
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Word Origin for benne

C18: from Malay bene; compare Bambara bene
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