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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.


benne

/ ˈbɛnɪ /

noun

  1. See sesame
    another name for sesame
  2. benne oil
    benne oil the edible oil obtained from sesame seeds


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Word History and Origins

Origin of benne1

1760–70, Americanism; < Wolof, Malinke bene

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Word History and Origins

Origin of benne1

C18: from Malay bene ; compare Bambara bene

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Example Sentences

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

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