afikomen

afikomen

[ah-fee-koh-muhn]
noun Judaism.
a piece of matzo broken off from the center one of the three matzoth set before the leader of a Seder: it is hidden by the leader and later searched for by the children, with the finder, usually the youngest, receiving a reward.

Origin:
1890–95; < Yiddish afikoymen < Hebrew aphīgōmān < Greek epikṓmion revel, noun use of neuter of epikṓmios of a revel, equivalent to epi- epi- + kôm(os) revel + -ios adj. suffix

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