חמץ • (transliteration needed)
- to be sour
- (Israeli Hebrew) IPA(key): /χaˈmets/
- (Sephardi Hebrew) IPA(key): /ħaˈmets/, /ħaˈmesˁ/
- (Ashkenazi Hebrew) IPA(key): /ˈχɔməts/
- (Biblical Hebrew) IPA(key): /ħaːˈmeːsˁ/
חָמֵץ • (khaméts) m
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).