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open sesame
▪ One aspect after another yields to the open sesame of the envy theory.
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Open Sesame

Sesame \Ses"a*me\, n. [L. sesamum, sesama, Gr. ????, ???: cf. F. s['e]same.] (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.

Open Sesame, the magical command which opened the door of the robber's den in the Arabian Nights' tale of ``The Forty Thieves;'' hence, a magical password.

Sesame grass. (Bot.) Same as Gama grass.

open sesame

interj. open up! n. Any successful means of achieving a result, ''especially'' means that are magical or technical, or otherwise beyond the understanding of most people.

open sesame
  1. n. any very successful means of achieving a result

  2. a magical command; used by Ali Baba

Open Sesame (TV series)

Open Sesame is a children's television series composed solely of the skits and segments of the long-running American television series Sesame Street. While some countries air the American program in whole, and some create their own versions of the show, many more air this title of loosely associated skits, as Open Sesame. The name is a pun based on the magic words "Open sesame" which are used in the legend of Ali Baba.

The first Open Sesame packages debuted in 1975 and 1976, in Spain, Sweden, France, and Montreal, Canada. By 1979, Portugal and Italy had followed suit. Some of these countries, based on the success of the dubbed series, later expanded into co-productions, with varying levels of success.

Open Sesame (Kool & the Gang album)

Open Sesame is the eighth studio album by the funk band Kool & the Gang, released in 1976. The album yielded the hit title track, "Open Sesame", which achieved some success, first as a top ten R&B single, then later as part of the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. "Super Band" also reached the R&B top twenty. The album was the second of two albums released by the band in 1976.

Open Sesame (Shaft album)

Open Sesame is the first full-length album by Shaft. It was released in 2004 on Lil' Chief Records, although a number of the songs featured had been in the band's live set for almost a decade. The band played a show to support the launch of the album in which an attempt was made to feature as many ex-members of the band as possible. The show culminated with nine people on stage, including two drummers and four guitarists.

Open Sesame (Whodini album)

Open Sesame, released in 1987, was the fourth album by American hip hop group Whodini. This album spawned the single "Be Yourself." The album was certified gold by the RIAA.

Open Sesame (song)

"Open Sesame" is a song by Swedish eurodance artist Leila K. It was released in 23 October 1992 as the lead single from the album, Carousel. The song was a huge success in many countries in 1993, reaching the top 10 in Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and Switzerland.

Open Sesame

Open Sesame may refer to:

  • "Open Sesame" (phrase), a magical phrase in the story of Ali Baba
  • Open Sesame (TV series), a children's television series based on Sesame Street
  • Iftah Ya Simsim, an Arabic language children's TV series also based on Sesame Street whose name translates as "Open Sesame"
  • Open Sesame (Freddie Hubbard album), 1960
  • Open Sesame (Kool & the Gang album), 1976
  • Open Sesame (Shaft album)
  • Open Sesame (Whodini album), 1987
  • Open Sesame (manga), by Kaoru Kawakata
  • "Open Sesame" (song), by Leila K
  • Open Sesame, a novel by Tom Holt
Open Sesame (manga)

Open Sesame is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kawakata Kaoru and published by Kodansha. Open Sesame tells the story about amateur boxing champion Danjou Yamato, who moves to Tokyo with his family, and Maki Mogami, the daughter of a highly respected doctor, and their relationship as they transform from bitter rivals to close friends to lovers.

Open Sesame (Freddie Hubbard album)

Open Sesame is the debut album by trumpeter Freddie Hubbard released on the Blue Note label in 1960 as BST 84040. It features performances by Hubbard, Tina Brooks, McCoy Tyner, Sam Jones and Clifford Jarvis. It was remastered in 2001 by Rudy Van Gelder.

The Penguin Guide to Jazz has included Open Sesame as part of a selected "Core Collection," and has summarized the album as "a great Blue Note set."

Open Sesame (phrase)

"Open Sesame" ( iftaḥ yā simsim, ) is a magical phrase in the story of " Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" in One Thousand and One Nights. It opens the mouth of a cave in which forty thieves have hidden a treasure.