[Sephardic Hebrew khah-mets; Ashkenazic Hebrew khaw-mits]
noun Hebrew.
a food forbidden for use by Jews during the festival of Passover, especially a baked food, as bread or cake, made with leaven or a leavening agent.
a dish, kitchen utensil, or the like used in preparing or serving such food and similarly forbidden for use during Passover.
Also, chametz.

ḥāmēṣ literally, that which is leavened

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