Pe-da-li-a'se-e. L. Pedali-wn(on) + aceae, fr. Gr.
a rudder - i. e., named in allusion to the dilated angles of the fruit. Herbs, distinguished by being glandular, having oily seeds; leaves entire, exstipulate; flowers large, irregular, calyx 5-cleft, corolla bilabiate, stamens didynamous, anthers 2-celled; ovary on fleshy disk, 1-celled, sometimes 4-6-celled, style 1, stigma divided; fruit drupe or capsule; seeds wingless, exalbuminous; tropics; demulcent. Genus: 1. Sesamum.