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[tuh-hee-nee, tah-] /təˈhi ni, tɑ-/
noun, Middle Eastern Cookery.
a paste made of ground sesame seeds.
Origin of tahini
Levantine Arabic
1895-1900; < Levantine Arabic ṭaḥīne, derivative of ṭaḥan grind Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tahini
  • 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.
  • Sprinkle with the roasted pumpkin seeds and serve with a good-quality tahini on the side.
  • It is a stew of beef, chickpeas and chard, married with the unique combination of lemony sumac and tahini.
  • Reduce heat to low and stir in tahini and lemon juice.
  • Some pantry ingredients may be expensive, and difficult to find in some grocery stores, such as tahini and sundried tomatoes.
British Dictionary definitions for tahini


a paste made from sesame seeds originating in the Middle East, often used as an ingredient of hummus and other dips
Word Origin
from Arabic
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Word Origin and History for tahini

from Arabic tahina, from tahana "to grind or crush."

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