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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
open sesame
▪ A university degree isn’t always an open sesame to a good job.
▪ One aspect after another yields to the open sesame of the envy theory.
▪ Be very careful of recipes which recommend sesame oil.
▪ Combine all ingredients, except sesame oil, in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
▪ The very best oil to use in a wok is sesame oil which is pungent and flavoursome.
▪ Dip one side of the ball in the sesame oil and place oiled side on top of oiled side of another ball.
▪ Serve on a bed of noodles or rice, and dress with a little sesame oil.
▪ Place tablespoon chopped green onion, 1 teaspoon soy sauce, teaspoon sesame oil and pepper to taste in each serving bowl.
▪ Combine the pork, egg, sesame oil, salt and pepper in a large bowl and mix well.
▪ In a large saute pan or wok, over medium-high, heat sesame oil until hot.
▪ Mix breadcrumbs, sesame seeds and almonds.
▪ All morning we seeded beans and corn, threshed sesame seeds and transplanted young peppers.
▪ Neutrogena natural sesame seed Body Oil is non-greasy.
▪ In a large bowl, mix all of the ingredients together, except the sesame seeds, and stir until well-blended.
▪ I also visited a cooperative of peasant farmers who grow sesame seed.
▪ Sprinkle evenly with sesame seeds, pressing lightly to make them adhere.
▪ Place the flour, sesame seeds and salt in a large mixing bowl.
▪ Serve immediately, sprinkled with sesame seeds if desired. 6 to 8 appetizer servings.
▪ A sesame seed bagel with cream cheese.
▪ Brush with more melted butter and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
▪ In a large bowl, mix all of the ingredients together, except the sesame seeds, and stir until well-blended.
▪ Neutrogena natural sesame seed Body Oil is non-greasy.
▪ One aspect after another yields to the open sesame of the envy theory.
▪ Place tablespoon chopped green onion, 1 teaspoon soy sauce, teaspoon sesame oil and pepper to taste in each serving bowl.
▪ Shaaban would seek another anchorage, equally insignificant, for his cargo of cotton, wheat, and sesame.
▪ Sprinkle the sesame seeds over the mushrooms and serve immediately.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 15c., probably from Middle French sisame and directly from Latin sesamum (nominative sesama), from Greek sesamon (Doric sasamon) "seed or fruit of the sesame plant," a very early borrowing via Phoenician from Late Babylonian *shawash-shammu (compare Assyrian shamash-shammu "sesame," literally "oil-seed"). First as a magic password in 1785 translation of Galland's "Mille et une nuits," where it opens the door of the thieves' den in "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves." Phrase open sesame current since about 1826.


n. 1 A tropical Asian plant ((taxlink Sesamum indicum species noshow=1)) bearing small flat seeds used as food and as a source of oil. 2 The seed of this plant.


n. East Indian annual erect herb; source of sesame seed or benniseed and sesame oil [syn: benne, benni, benny, Sesamum indicum]

Sesame (magazine)

Sesame is a magazine for both students and alumni of the Open University (OU). It is published by the OU and circulated quarterly, and also has an online version.


Sesame (; Sesamum indicum) is a flowering plant in the genus Sesamum, also called benne. Numerous wild relatives occur in Africa and a smaller number in India. It is widely naturalized in tropical regions around the world and is cultivated for its edible seeds, which grow in pods or "buns". The world harvested 4.2 million metric tonnes of sesame seeds in 2013, with India and China as the largest producers.

Sesame seed is one of the oldest oilseed crops known, domesticated well over 3000 years ago. Sesame has many species, most being wild and native to sub-Saharan Africa. Sesame indicum, the cultivated type, originated in India and is tolerant to drought-like conditions, growing where other crops fail.

Sesame has one of the highest oil contents of any seed. With a rich, nutty flavor, it is a common ingredient in cuisines across the world. Like other nuts and foods, it can trigger allergic reactions in some people.

Sometimes sold with its seed coat removed (decorticated), this variety is often present on top of baked goods in many countries.

Sesame (framework)

Sesame is an open-source framework for querying and analyzing RDF data. It was created by the Dutch software company Aduna as part of "On-To-Knowledge", a semantic web project that ran from 1999 to 2002. It contains implementations of an in-memory triplestore and an on-disk triplestore, along with two separate Servlet packages that can be used to manage and provide access to these triplestores, on a permanent server. The Sesame Rio (RDF Input/Output) package contains a simple API for Java-based RDF parsers and writers. Parsers and writers for popular RDF serialisations are distributed along with Sesame, and users can easily extend the list by putting their parsers and writers on the Java classpath when running their application.

Sesame supports two query languages: SPARQL and SeRQL. Another component of Sesame is Alibaba, an API that allows for mapping Java classes onto ontologies and for generating Java source files from ontologies. This makes it possible to use specific ontologies like RSS, FOAF and the Dublin Core directly from Java.

Sesame's RDF database API differs from comparable solutions in that it offers a stackable interface through which functionality can be added, and the storage engine (Storage and Inference Layer, SAIL) is abstracted from the query interface. Many other triplestores can be used through the Sesame API, including Ontotext GraphDB (built as a Sesame SAIL), Mulgara, and AllegroGraph. Through the stackable interface, functionality can be added to all of these stores. It can, for example, be used to add indexing and query capabilities to all compatible stores:

  • Free text search capabilities can be added through the LuceneSail.
  • Geospatial ( GeoSPARQL) and free text search can be added through uSeekM.
Sesame (disambiguation)

Sesame is a flowering plant.

Sesame or SESAME may also refer to:

  • Sesame (framework), a Resource Description Framework (RDF) tool
  • Sesame (magazine), a magazine for students and alumni of the Open University
  • Synchrotron-Light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East, an international research facility in Jordan
  • Surface Electric Sounding and Acoustic Monitoring Experiments, a suite of experiments performed by the Philae comet lander
  • EAST syndrome, also called SeSAME syndrome, a syndrome of seizures, ataxia, and other signs

Usage examples of "sesame".

Combine the peppercorns, mustard seeds, sesame seeds, salt and the ancho chili in the food processor and pulverize.

Belle Poule had lain, and how the gallant Berceau had tried to lay, drawing diagrams in oil of sesame on the table-top.

I tried to recall the names of both the spices I had known and those I had only heard of, words that would intoxicate him like perfumes, and for him I listed malabaster, incense, nard, lycium, sandal, saffron, ginger, cardamom, senna, zedoaria, laurel, marjoram, coriander, dill, thyme, clove, sesame, poppy, nutmeg, citronella, curcuma, and cumin.

Sesame handled this one by emulating a fire-breathing dragon who might set fire to the cloud of gas.

Janice had whipped up a Mexican gala out of cans and packages: a cold gazpacho, allowed to thaw to room temperature from its frozen state, small tamale pies, and bowls of spicy chili, with hot biscuits substituting for the missing tortillas, and topped off with lime sherbet and sesame cookies.

Someone as suitable for him as Sesame was for Soufflé, or Claire for Sammy.

Splenda, oil, gingerroot, sesame oil, and soy sauce in a blender, and run it for 10 to 20 seconds, scraping down the sides if needed.

Sabrino gorged himself on crumbly white cheese, almost preserved with salt and garlic, olives even saltier than the almonds, and breads with wheat and barley flour dusted with sesame seeds.

Turn off the heat and sprinkle the sesame oil over the liquid, then spoon some of this sauce over the salmon, scatter the scallion shreds overall, and serve with the pepper flakes or seven-spices on the side.

Sesame seed party crackers had fallen off a point or two, but barbecue snax were on the rise.

To the almonds and walnuts add a handful of unhusked sesame seeds and one grated nutmeg, and pour the mixture into the dough.

The staples were wheat and rice from the original Anatolian agricultural package, but supplemented by quince originally from the Caucasus, millet from Central Asia, cucumber, sesame, and citrus fruit from India, and apricots and peaches from China.

Pour in the broth, add the soy sauce, sherry, gingerroot, garlic, and sesame oil, cover, and let the whole thing simmer for 4 to 5 minutes before serving.

He was right about that, Sesame thought, though somewhat klutzy in other ways.

Then he had somehow transformed those plebian chicken breasts into a gourmet feast with crisp, colorful stir-fried vegetables aromatic with sesame oil and crunchy with peanuts, and served with fluffy-steamed rice.