- a tropical, herbaceous plant, Sesamum indicum, whose small oval seeds are edible and yield an oil.
- the seeds themselves, used to add flavor to bread, crackers, etc.
- open sesame.
Origin of sesame
Examples from the Web for sesame
Contemporary Examples of sesame
Bert and Ernie, as Sesame Street exasperatedly clarified, are not gay.Yep, Korra and Asami Went in the Spirit Portal and Probably Kissed
December 25, 2014
For instance, Sesame Street parodied grown-up shows 30 Rock, Mad Men, and Downton Abbey.
Of course, Sesame Street's songs weren't only educational; from a pure tuneage perspective, the music was pretty kickass.
Like any other show—and certainly one on the air for over four decades—Sesame Street had at least a few missteps.
It goes without saying the theme-song “Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street?”
Historical Examples of sesame
It was made from pig's fat, sesame, bitter almonds, and turpentine.Anabasis
When he reached the entrance of the cavern, he pronounced the words: "Open, Sesame!"
When he had done he stood before the door, and pronouncing the words: "Shut, Sesame!"
But to Mr. Bell they were magic music, the sesame to a new country.Ted and the Telephone
Sara Ware Bassett
Now Nos. 28 and 29 are the premises of the Sesame Club for ladies.Mayfair, Belgravia, and Bayswater
Geraldine Edith Mitton
- a tropical herbaceous plant, Sesamum indicum, of the East Indies, cultivated, esp in India, for its small oval seeds: family Pedaliaceae
- the seeds of this plant, used in flavouring bread and yielding an edible oil (benne oil or gingili)
Word Origin for sesame
early 15c., probably from Middle French sisame and directly from Latin sesamum (nominative sesama), from Greek sesamon (Doric sasamon) "seed or fruit of the sesame plant," a very early borrowing via Phoenician from Late Babylonian *shawash-shammu (cf. Assyrian shamash-shammu "sesame," literally "oil-seed"). First as a magic password in 1785 translation of Galland's "Mille et une nuits," where it opens the door of the thieves' den in "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves." Phrase open sesame current since about 1826.