• WordNet 3.6
    • n Sesamum tropical African and Indian herbs
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sesamum A genus of gamopetalous plants, type of the tribe Sesameæ in the order Pedalineæ. It is characterized by flowers with a corolla-tube curved down and dilated above a short oblique base, terminating in a somewhat two-lipped limb; with a regular ovary which becomes a usually four-angled oblong capsule, partially loculicidal, and at the apex unarmed, compressed, and obtuse or shortly acuminate. There are 9 or 10 species, all natives of tropical or southern Africa, though one, S. Indicum, is thought by some to be of Asiatic origin. They are erect or prostrate herbs with a rough and gummy surface. They bear opposite leaves below, alternate above, and either entire or cleft. The pale or violet flowers are solitary in the axils. The one important species is S. Indicum, the sesame, widely naturalized and cultivated. See sesame, and cut under benne.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sesamum the genus to which sesame belongs
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

Their meats should be prepared with sesamum, with sweets, and other similar substances, and these dishes should be free from fat.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 821, Sep. 26, 1891" by Various
They likewise cultivate Sesamum.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
It is from the latter that the sesamum or gingelly oil of commerce is obtained.
"The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom" by P. L. Simmonds
They are as worthless as grains of sesamum without kernel.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
Sesamum: or bijin, oil produced from.
"The History of Sumatra" by William Marsden
He is provided with wood, ghee, barley, rice, and tillee (sesamum).
"A Journey through the Kingdom of Oude, Volumes I & II" by William Sleeman
Sesamum seed is abundant just now and cakes are made of ground-nuts, as on the West Coast.
"The Last Journals of David Livingstone, in Central Africa, from 1865 to His Death, Volume II (of 2), 1869-1873" by David Livingstone
Small balls of wheat-flour are kneaded and fried in an earthen pan with sesamum oil by the eldest woman of the family.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India - Volume IV of IV" by R.V. Russell
There is sesamum, from the seeds of which a fine edible oil is pressed out, and then tea, coffee, and tobacco.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
The delta of the Irrawaddy forms, wherever cultivable, a vast sheet of rice, with cotton, sesamum, and tobacco as subsidiary crops.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various