benne

or ben·ny

[ben-ee]
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noun

Southern U.S., especially South Carolina, and Bahamian English. the sesame plant or its seeds.

Origin of benne

1760–70, Americanism; < Wolof, Malinke bene
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benne

noun

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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