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

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Sesame seeds grow in a seed pod that splits open when it reaches maturity,<5> and the phrase possibly alludes to unlocking of treasures,<6> although it is not certain that the word "sesame" actually refers to the sesame plant or seed.<7>

Other theories include:

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

Sesame is connected to Babylonian magic practices which used 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 of "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" in One Thousand and One Nights. It opens the mouth of a cave in which forty thieves have hidden a treasure.

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


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I’ve never heard open says me


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It was in a very nonPC Popeye episode where he meets Ali Baba and the 40 thieves


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Op · 2y

I haven’t really either. Sesame just sounds like says me lol


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The phrase refers to a peculiarity of the sesame plant. The seed pods ripen all at once and as the pod dries it buillds up tension. When the pod finally pops the seeds scatter. But if seeds hit another pod it sets off a chain reaction and the entire bush will explode in a glorious explosion of opening pods. Tricksters were able to surreptitiously set off the chain reaction by saying “Open Sesame!” and it appeared to be magic.


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Nope.

Also, PLEASE note: Neither Ali Baba, nor Aladdin and his lamp are actually in the original Arabian nights/ 1001 nights.

Both are inventions by Antoine Galland, a Frenchman who was the first to translate the original to a European language.

It is amusing, amazing and telling that the two most famous tales thought to be from Arabia are 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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