The phrase first appears in Antoine Galland's Les Mille et une nuits (1704–1717) together Sésame, ouvre-toi (English, "Sesame, open up yourself"). ... Galland's phrase has actually been variously translated from the French right into English together "Sesame, Open", "Open, Sesame" and also "Open, O Sesame". ...

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Sesame seeds flourish in a seeds pod the splits open once it will maturity,<5> and also the phrase probably alludes to unlocking of treasures,<6> although the is not certain that the word "sesame" actually describes the sesame plant or seed.<7>

Other theory include:

Sesame is a reduplication the the Hebrew šem 'name', i.e. God or a kabbalistic word representing the Talmudic šem-šamáįm ("shem-shamayim"), 'name that heaven'.<8>

Sesame is connected to Babylonian magic methods which provided sesame oil.<9>


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Open Sesame (phrase)

"Open Sesame" (French: Sésame, ouvre-toi) (Arabic: افتح يا سمسم‎) is a magical phrase in the story the "Ali Baba and the forty Thieves" in One Thousand and also One Nights. It opens up the mouth the a cavern in which forty thieves have actually hidden a treasure.

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For comparison, in Italo Calvino's informing of La Bella Venezia, the bandits usage the formula, “Apriti, deserto! to open up the entrance to their lair.”


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· 2y

I’ve never ever heard open says me


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It was in a an extremely nonPC Popeye episode whereby he meets Ali Baba and the 40 thieves


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Op · 2y

I haven’t yes, really either. Sesame simply sounds prefer says me lol


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The expression refers come a peculiarity of the sesame plant. The seed pods ripen every at once and as the pod dries it buillds up tension. Once the pod finally pops the seed scatter. But if seed hit an additional pod that sets turn off a chain reaction and also the entire shrub will explode in a glorious to explode of opening pods. Tricksters to be able to surreptitiously collection off the chain reaction by speak “Open Sesame!” and it showed up to it is in magic.


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Nope.

Also, you re welcome note: neither Ali Baba, nor Aladdin and his lamp room actually in the initial Arabian nights/ 1001 nights.

Both are innovations by Antoine Galland, a Frenchman who was the first to interpret the original to a europe language.

It is amusing, amazing and telling that the 2 most famous tales thought to be from Arabia space actually European.

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They were Syrian stories


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https://youtu.be/miw_Jw7j2sE?t=892


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Op · 2y

Good point


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