[tuh-hee-nee, tah-]
noun Middle Eastern Cookery.
a paste made of ground sesame seeds.

1895–1900; < Levantine Arabic ṭaḥīne, derivative of ṭaḥan grind

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tahini or tahina (təˈhiːnɪ, təˈhiːnə)
a paste made from sesame seeds originating in the Middle East, often used as an ingredient of hummus and other dips
[from Arabic]
tahina or tahina
[from Arabic]

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paste of crushed sesame seeds that is widely used in Middle Eastern cooking. Tahini mixed with garlic, lemon juice, and salt and thinned with water constitutes taratoor, a sauce that is eaten as a dip with Arab bread as part of a selection of meze, or hors d'oeuvres. Taratoor is mixed with ground chickpeas for hummus bi tahini, another hors d'oeuvre dip. Baba ganooj combines mashed roast eggplant with taratoor and onions. Tahini is also used as a sauce ingredient for fish and vegetable dishes

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Example sentences
Order grilled or fried fish with a choice of sauce such as lemon and mint or
  tahini with lemon and garlic.
For me, one of those items would be tahini, or sesame-seed paste.
Thin tahini with lots of lemon juice and some minced garlic.
Sesame cookies made with tahini join eggnog or glazed ham at the table.
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