noun[mass noun] Judaism
Leaven or food mixed with leaven, prohibited during Passover.
- For the few days of Passover, chametz and matzah are antithetical.
- A Jew may not eat chametz or derive benefit from it during Passover.
- This requirement is based on the Biblical injunction that during Passover no chometz be eaten.
Mid 19th century: from Hebrew ḥāmēṣ.
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