Definition of benne in US English:

benne

noun

US
  • another term for sesame
    • ‘Still made in the same time-honored tradition, these gift cookies are thin, crisp cookies, laden with crunchy benne seeds and sweetened with a blend of maple and brown sugar for a true one-of-a-kind taste.’
    • ‘Often referred to as benne wafers, these cookie crisps get their tasty texture and flavor from toasted sesame seeds.’
    • ‘Toasting benne seeds develop their flavor and also gives these cookies a slightly crunchy texture.’
    • ‘Long known as "the seed of good luck," the rich flavor of the benne seed has graced Southern recipes for generations.’
    • ‘Remove from heat and beat in benne seed.’

Origin

Mid 18th century: from Malay bene.

Pronunciation

benne

/ˈbenē/