חמץ

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See also: ח־מ־ץ

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 . Cognate with Jewish Babylonian Aramaic חמע, Classical Syriac ܚܡܥ, Arabic حمض and Akkadian emēṣu.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

חָמֵץ (khaméts) (pa'al construction)

  1. (of dough) to leaven, ferment

Noun[edit]

חָמֵץ (khamétsm

  1. (collective) products made from 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 חָמֵץ is כָּשֵׁר לְפֶסַח (kashér l'fésakh, kosher for Passover).

Derived terms[edit]

Noun[edit]

חֹמֶץ (khómetsm

  1. Defective spelling of חומץ

Yiddish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Hebrew חָמֵץ.

Noun[edit]

חמץ (khometsm

  1. (Judaism) chametz (products made from leavened flour)