matzo

[maht-suh; Sephardic Hebrew mah-tsah; Ashkenazic Hebrew mah-tsaw]
noun, plural matzos, matzoth, matzot [maht-suhz; Sephardic Hebrew mah-tsawt; Ashkenazic Hebrew mah-tsohs] .
1.
unleavened bread in the form of large crackers, typically square and corrugated, eaten by Jews during Passover.
2.
one of these crackers.
Also, matzah, matzoh.


Origin:
1840–50; < Yiddish matse < Hebrew maṣṣāh

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matzo, matzoh, matza or matzah (ˈmætˈsəʊ, ˈmætsə)
 
n , pl matzos, matzohs, matzas, matzahs, matzoth
a brittle very thin biscuit of unleavened bread, traditionally eaten during Passover
 
[from Hebrew matsāh]
 
matzoh, matzoh, matza or matzah (ˈmætˈsəʊ, ˈmætsə, maˈtsɔt)
 
n
 
[from Hebrew matsāh]
 
matza, matzoh, matza or matzah (ˈmætˈsəʊ, ˈmætsə, maˈtsɔt, maˈtsɔt)
 
n
 
[from Hebrew matsāh]
 
matzah, matzoh, matza or matzah (ˈmætˈsəʊ, ˈmætsə, maˈtsɔt, maˈtsɔt, maˈtsɔt)
 
n
 
[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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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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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.
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