sesame

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sesame East Indian annual erect herb; source of sesame seed or benniseed and sesame oil
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Anti-American demonstrators protesting in Bangladesh after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks carried posters of Osama bin Laden sitting alongside Bert, a beloved Sesame Street Muppet character
    • n Sesame (Bot) Either of two annual herbaceous plants of the genus Sesamum S. Indicum, and S. orientale), from the seeds of which an oil is expressed; also, the small obovate, flattish seeds of these plants, sometimes used as food. See Benne.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There are an average of 178 sesame seeds on a McDonald's Big Mac bun.
    • n sesame An annual herbaceous plant, Sesamum Indicum (S. orientale), widely cultivated and naturalized in tropical and subtropical countries. Its value lies chiefly in its seeds, from which is expressed the gingili-, sesame-, or til-oil. The seeds are also variously used as food. The oil in large doses is laxative, and the leaves when macerated yield a mucilaginous remedy, useful in cholera infantum, dysentery, etc. The plant is simple of culture, and thrives in sterile soil. It is somewhat grown in the southern United States. Also called benne.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There is a muppet named Kami that appears on the South African version of the T.V. show "Sesame Street" that is HIV-positive
    • n Sesame ses′a-mē an annual herbaceous plant of Southern Asia, whose seed yields the valuable gingili-oil
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Quotations

  • Sir William Osler
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    “Work is the open sesame of every portal, the great equalizer in the world, the true philosopher's stone which transmutes all the base metal of humanity into gold.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. sesamum, sesama, Gr. , : cf. F. sésame,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L.,—Gr.

Usage

In literature:

Beside these two precious products, Chaldaea produced excellent barley, millet, sesame, vetches and fruits of all kinds.
"The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 1. (of 7): Chaldaea" by George Rawlinson
According to Herodotus, the kinds of grain cultivated in Assyria in his time were wheat, barley, sesame, and millet.
"The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 2. (of 7): Assyria" by George Rawlinson
Pulse, beans, sesame, madder, henna, cotton, opium, tobacco, and indigo, are also grown in some places.
"The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 5. (of 7): Persia" by George Rawlinson
Not Aladdin's "open Sesame" could have been more magical.
"The Twins" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Then they sat down to eat bread and drink sesame wine.
"Myths of Babylonia and Assyria" by Donald A. Mackenzie
Simba sent a handsome present of food, a goat, eggs, and a fowl, beans, split rice, dura, and sesame.
"The Last Journals of David Livingstone, in Central Africa, from 1865 to His Death, Volume II (of 2), 1869-1873" by David Livingstone
If the cultivator has not caused corn or sesame to grow in the field, he shall not alter his bonds.
"The Oldest Code of Laws in the World The code of laws promulgated by Hammurabi, King of Babylon B.C. 2285-2242" by Hammurabi, King of Babylon
It had been their duty to collect large quantities of sesame seed as well as taxes paid in money.
"History Of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, And Assyria In The Light Of Recent Discovery" by L.W. King and H.R. Hall
If he knows coal, this experience may be made the open sesame to the realms of geology.
"The Vitalized School" by Francis B. Pearson
Ruskin's Sesame and Lilies.
"The War of Independence" by John Fiske
The product is Sesame oil.
"The Wonder Island Boys: Adventures on Strange Islands" by Roger Thompson Finlay
White wax, 20 parts; turpentine, 5 parts; sesame oil, 2 parts; vermilion, 2 parts.
"Practical Mechanics for Boys" by J. S. Zerbe
But to Mr. Bell they were magic music, the sesame to a new country.
"Ted and the Telephone" by Sara Ware Bassett
Millet and sesame are the principal grains cultivated.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
Armed with this "Sesame" he could come and go unimpeded all over the hospital.
"The Exploits of Juve" by Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain
Sesame and Lilies and Unto This Last.
"Eden" by Edgar Saltus
Dhurra, dukhn, cotton, sesame, onions, and various sorts of beans are grown.
"Ten Years' Captivity in the Mahdi's Camp 1882-1892" by F. R. Wingate
I propitiated him with gifts of tobacco, and, having found the "open sesame" to the cave of his reminiscences, visited him often.
"Love's Usuries" by Louis Creswicke
It is generally corrupted into "Sesame Garden," (Chih Ma YA1/4an).
"Village Life in China" by Arthur H. Smith
A face, a glance, a word will do; but it must be the right glance, and the true open-sesame.
"The Browning Cyclopædia" by Edward Berdoe
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In poetry:

Some lever that a casket's hinge has broken
Pries off a bolt, and lo! our souls are free;
Each year some Open Sesame is spoken,
And every decade drops its master-key.
"The Angel-Thief" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
And there were verdurous courts that scalloped arches wreathed,
Where fountains plashed in bowls of lapis lazuli.
Through enigmatic doors voluptuous accents breathed,
And having Youth I had their Open Sesame.
"The Sultan's Palace" by Alan Seeger
So soon he fell, there lie unfinished plans
By others misapplied, misunderstood;
And doors are barred that wait the master-key--
That wait his magic Open Sesame!--
To that assertive power that commands
The multitude.
"The Student Gone" by Hattie Howard

In news:

Emily Squires, a long-time director of "Sesame Street," died at age 71.
Think chili paste & sesame oil.
Big Bird Is 8 Feet Tall: 43 Sesame Street Facts for Its 43rd Season.
Sesame Street kicked off its 43rd season yesterday.
The alleged victim is now the fourth to accuse Kevin Clash, who resigned from "Sesame Street" last month after 28 years.
Elmo's Kevin Clash Takes 'Sesame Street' Leave of Absence After Alleged Underage Sex.
Kevin Clash, the actor behind Sesame Street 's Elmo since 1985, has taken a leave of absence after allegations surfaced that he had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy.
Kevin Clash, the famous voice and puppeteer behind Elmo for the last 28 years, has officially resigned from Sesame Street in the wake of allegations that he had sex with at least two under-aged minors.
Clash is also Sesame Street's senior Muppet coordinator and Muppet captain, the Sesame Street Workshop says on its website.
There's trouble on Sesame Street as the actor behind Elmo has taken a leave of absence from the iconic children's show after accusations that he had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy.
The second man who has come forward with accusations of underage sex with former "Elmo" puppeteer Kevin Clash told reporters Tuesday that he was "shocked" when he learned that Clash was a Sesame Street puppeteer.
Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash has resigned from "Sesame Street" in the wake of an allegation that he had sex with an underage youth.
'Sesame Street' puppeteer Kevin Clash with Elmo.
Elmo overshadowed Big Bird and other "Sesame" Muppets in popularity and screen time, while marginalizing the cast of live actors .
'Sesame Street' Elmo puppeteer resigns after 2nd allegation of abusing children.
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In science:

Oil lamps were fueled with olive oil, fis h oil, whale oil, and sesame oil.
Simple circuit theory and the solution of two electricity problems from the Victorian Age
Hachem and Na jim’s work was partially supported by the French Agence Nationale de la Recherche, pro ject SESAME n◦ ANR-07-MDCO-012-01.
A CLT for Information-theoretic statistics of Non-centered Gram random matrices
SESAME: Jordan is the first country from the Middle East to join the elite group of countries possessing a synchrotron light source .
The world of synchrotrons
The Pro ject is known by the acronym SESAME (Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East) .
The world of synchrotrons
The SESAME Pro ject reached a ma jor milestone with the selection of a site in Jordan at a Meeting of the SESAME Interim Council in Amman, Jordan during 21-22 June 2000.
The world of synchrotrons
SESAME will be located at the Al-Balqa’ Applied University in Al-Salt and will be open to scientists from any country in the region or elsewhere.
The world of synchrotrons
Siam, SESAME and DELSY are very unique facilities as they are being built by relocating the very generously donated synchrotrons.
The world of synchrotrons
Among the upcoming synchrotrons, SESAME is the most international pro ject and offers an excellent opportunity for participation and active international collaboration.
The world of synchrotrons
In modeling the three-layer target experiments (see section below), we began with a modified version of Sesame equation of state tables (Lyon & Johnson 1992).
On Validating an Astrophysical Simulation Code
The modified tables we tested included inverted tables, but our prescription for testing an equation of state showed that the modified Sesame tables did not satisfy our criteria for use in a validation problem.
On Validating an Astrophysical Simulation Code
The largest calculation is from the TχL/SESAM collaborations, and another preliminary result from UKQCD was presented at this conference.
Glueballs and Hybrids (Gluons as Constituents)
The TχL/SESAM results for the 0++ glueball are within errors of the quenched results, although they do see hints of a larger dependence on the lattice size.
Glueballs and Hybrids (Gluons as Constituents)
Eq.(8) implements the SESAM “plateau” strategy by requiring the quark loop background to lengthen in time along with the nucleon propagators.
Disconnected Electromagnetic Form Factors
Although the preliminary SESAM study, mentioned above, suggests this may not be significant, finite volume dependence remains an uncertainty.
Sea quark effects in B Spectroscopy and Decay Constants
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