The Collaborative International Dictionary
Benne \Ben"ne\, n. [Malay bijen.] (Bot.) The name of two plants ( Sesamum orientale and Sesamum indicum), originally Asiatic; -- also called oil plant. From their seeds an oil is expressed, called benne oil or sesame oil, used mostly for making soap. In the southern United States the seeds are used in candy. [Also spelled benni.]
n. oil extracted from sesame seeds (often after roasting) and used to flavor foods.
n. oil obtained from sesame seeds
Sesame oil is an edible vegetable oil derived from sesame seeds. Besides being used as a cooking oil in South India, it is often used as a flavour enhancer in Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Middle Eastern, and Southeast Asian cuisine. It has a distinctive nutty aroma and taste.
The oil from the nutrient-rich seed is popular in alternative medicine, from traditional massages and treatments to the modern day.
The oil is popular in Asia and is also one of the earliest-known crop-based oils, but world-wide mass modern production continues to be limited even today due to the inefficient manual harvesting process required to extract the oil.
Usage examples of "sesame oil".
It seemed now that none knew how to light the grass and keep it burning in the oven, and none knew how to turn a fish in the cauldron without breaking it or burning one side black before the other side was cooked, and none knew whether sesame oil or bean were right for frying this vegetable or that.
Two hundred tons of dried barley in the bottom of the hold, with dates, wool, and sesame oil in big jugs on top of that.
Without measuring, she doused the celery with sesame oil and soy sauce, chatting as if she were on a talk show for cooks.
Over the course of the federales' brief stay, Hyaki developed a taste for tropical locusts fried in sesame oil.
The smell of fresh squid and frying sesame oil, fragrant dumplings steaming, the sharp tang of chilli paste.
The air was heavy with the smells of pressed humanity, soy sauce, sesame oil, licorice, and car exhaust -- always car exhaust.
Household slaves arrived with pottery lamps of sesame oil, which they hung from the rafters of the portico.
Without being asked, the owner of the stall brought them steamed mussels, water lettuce crisply fried in sesame oil with strands of ginger, and tea made from kakava bark.