ETYM Latin sesamum, sesama: cf. French sésame.
East Indian annual erect herb; source of sesame seed or benniseed and sesame oil; SYN. benne, benni, benny, Sesamum indicum.
Annual plant Sesamum indicum of the family Pedaliaceae, probably native to SE Asia. It produces oily seeds used for food and soap making.
E Indian seed-yielding plant. open sesame, spell opening door in story of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves; any master-key or magical command.