Ali Baba

Ali Baba

[ah-lee bah-bah, al-ee bab-uh]
noun
the poor woodcutter, hero of a tale in The Arabian Nights' Entertainments, who uses the magic words “Open sesame” to open the door to the cave in which the Forty Thieves had hidden their treasure.
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Ali Baba (ˈælɪ ˈbɑːbə)
 
n
(in The Arabian Nights' Entertainments) a poor woodcutter who discovers that the magic words "open sesame" will open the doors of the cave containing the treasure of the Forty Thieves

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Ali Baba [(ah-lee bah-buh, al-ee bab-uh)]

The title character in “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves,” a story from the Arabian Nights. Ali Baba gains the treasure of the thieves, which they keep in a cave with a magical entrance.

Note: Ali Baba opens the door of the thieves' cave with the magical password “Open, sesame.”
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