[tuh-hee-nee, tah-]

noun Middle Eastern Cookery.

a paste made of ground sesame seeds.

Origin of tahini

1895–1900; < Levantine Arabic ṭaḥīne, derivative of ṭaḥan grind
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tahina (təˈhiːnə)


a paste made from sesame seeds originating in the Middle East, often used as an ingredient of hummus and other dips

Word Origin for tahini

from Arabic
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Word Origin and History for tahini

from Arabic tahina, from tahana "to grind or crush."

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