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[maht-suh; Sephardic Hebrew mah-tsah; Ashkenazic Hebrew mah-tsaw] /ˈmɑt sə; Sephardic Hebrew mɑˈtsɑ; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˈmɑ tsɔ/
noun, plural matzos, matzoth, matzot
[maht-suh z; Sephardic Hebrew mah-tsawt; Ashkenazic Hebrew mah-tsohs] /ˈmɑt səz; Sephardic Hebrew mɑˈtsɔt; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˈmɑ tsoʊs/ (Show IPA)
unleavened bread in the form of large crackers, typically square and corrugated, eaten by Jews during Passover.
one of these crackers.
Also, matzah, matzoh.
1840-50; < Yiddish matse < Hebrew maṣṣāh Unabridged
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  • But without a fungus, bread would be matzo and beer would be barley juice.
  • Chopped liver for the adults and matzo-ball soup for the kids.
British Dictionary definitions for matzo


noun (pl) matzos, matzohs, matzas, matzahs, matzoth (Hebrew) (maˈtsɔt)
a brittle very thin biscuit of unleavened bread, traditionally eaten during Passover
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from Hebrew matsāh
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matzo [(maht-suh)]

A flat piece of unleavened bread, resembling a large cracker, used by Jews in place of yeast bread during Passover. According to the biblical account of Passover, God directed the ancestors of the Jews to eat unleavened bread, rather than delay their departure from Egypt by waiting for bread to rise.

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Encyclopedia Article for matzo


unleavened bread eaten by Jews during the holiday of Passover (Pesah) in commemoration of their Exodus from Egypt. The rapid departure from Egypt did not allow for the fermentation of dough, and thus the use of leavening of any kind is proscribed throughout the week-long holiday.

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