חמץ

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Aramaic[edit]

Verb[edit]

חמץ (transliteration needed)

  1. to be sour

Hebrew[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Root
ח־מ־ץ

From the root ח־מ־ץ , basic meaning "to sour" (intransitive). Cognate with Jewish Babylonian Aramaic חמע, Classical Syriac ܚܡܥ, Arabic حمض and Akkadian emēṣu.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

חָמֵץ (khamétsm

  1. A collective term for products made of leavened flour.

Usage notes[edit]

Used mostly in the context of the rules and rituals ahead of and during the Jewish holiday of Passover, where it denotes products forbidden for consumption or possession by Jews during the holiday. In this context, the opposite of חמץ is כשר לפסח (=kosher for Passover).

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