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afikoman Line breaks: afi|ko¦man
Pronunciation: /afɪˈkəʊmən/
(also afikomen)

Definition of afikoman in English:

noun

Judaism
A piece broken off from a matzo during the Seder and put aside to be eaten at the end of the meal. It is traditionally hidden to be searched for by the children present: her little grandchildren will search the house looking for the afikoman
More example sentences
  • With the afikoman hidden, I returned to the kitchen.
  • Late in the night, after we have each told and been told, given and received the stories of emancipation, we send the children to find the hidden afikoman.
  • Similar to the Korban Pesach, the Afikoman must be the last thing eaten at the Seder and must be eaten before a certain time.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Hebrew ăp̄īqōmān, probably from Byzantine Greek epikōmion 'a revel'.

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