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Sesame Seed. A small, oval, creamy-white seed (q.v.) obtained from the herbaceous plant Sesamum indicum, cultivated in most tropical zones. It has a faintly nutlike aroma (q.v.) and a taste resembling that of toasted nuts (q.v.). Its principal use by bakers is as a topping (q.v.) on breads (q.v.), rolls (q.v.), cookies (q.v.), and sweet-dough (q.v.) products.