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matzah

[maht-suh; Sephardic Hebrew mah-tsah; Ashkenazic Hebrew mah-tsaw]
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noun, plural mat·zahs [maht-suh z] /ˈmɑt səz/, mat·zoth, mat·zot, mat·zos [Sephardic Hebrew mah-tsawt; Ashkenazic Hebrew mah-tsohs] /Sephardic Hebrew mɑˈtsɔt; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˈmɑ tsoʊs/.
  1. matzo.

matzo

or mat·zah, mat·zoh

[maht-suh; Sephardic Hebrew mah-tsah; Ashkenazic Hebrew mah-tsaw]
noun, plural mat·zos, mat·zoth, mat·zot [maht-suh z; Sephardic Hebrew mah-tsawt; Ashkenazic Hebrew mah-tsohs] /ˈmɑt səz; Sephardic Hebrew mɑˈtsɔt; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˈmɑ tsoʊs/.
  1. unleavened bread in the form of large crackers, typically square and corrugated, eaten by Jews during Passover.
  2. one of these crackers.

Origin of matzo

1840–50; < Yiddish matse < Hebrew maṣṣāh
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matzo

matzoh matza or matzah (ˈmætsə)

noun plural matzos, matzohs, matzas, matzahs or matzoth (Hebrew maˈtsɔt)
  1. a brittle very thin biscuit of unleavened bread, traditionally eaten during Passover

Word Origin

from Hebrew matsāh
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Word Origin and History for matzah

n.

also matza; see matzoh.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

matzah in Culture

matzo

[(maht-suh)]

A flat piece of unleavened bread, resembling a large cracker, used by Jews (see also Jews) in place of yeast bread during Passover (see also Passover). According to the biblical account of Passover, God directed the ancestors of the Jews to eat unleavened bread, rather than delay their departure from Egypt (see also Egypt) by waiting for bread to rise.

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