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Hebrew חֲרֽוֹסֶת‎, from חרס(cheres, clay).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /həˈɹəʊsɛθ/, /həˈɹəʊsɛt/


haroseth (uncountable)

  1. (Judaism) A paste made of fruits and nuts eaten at Passover, representing the mortar mixed by the Israelites during their slavery in Egypt.
    • 1887, The Living Age, Volume 173, page 320,
      Then the chief rabbi again took bread and brake it and gave it to all that were withhim, and dipped it into the dish with the haroseth and the lettuce.
    • 1985, Peter Carey, Illywhacker, Faber and Faber 2003, p. 235:
      She had never heard of matzo, never tasted the bitter herb, never waited, impatiently, for the moment when she could eat the charoset.
    • 2001, Susan Lingo, A to Z Object Talks That Teach about the Old Testament[1], page 40:
      Unleavened bread and a fruit spread called haroseth are still served today at Passover feasts to remind God's people to be ready to go for God when he calls!
    • 2005, Marilyn Sachs, A Pocket Full of Seeds[2], page 91:
      On each table was a platter containing the symbols of Passover—matzoh (unleavened bread), marror (bitter herbs), haroseth (a paste made of chopped apples, nuts, cinnamon, and wine), the shank bone of a lamb, a roasted egg, and parsley.