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matzah

[maht-suh; Sephardic Hebrew mah-tsah; Ashkenazic Hebrew mah-tsaw] /ˈmɑt sə; Sephardic Hebrew mɑˈtsɑ; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˈmɑ tsɔ/
noun, plural matzahs
[maht-suh z] /ˈmɑt səz/ (Show IPA),
matzoth, matzot, matzos
[Sephardic Hebrew mah-tsawt; Ashkenazic Hebrew mah-tsohs] /Sephardic Hebrew mɑˈtsɔt; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˈmɑ tsoʊs/ (Show IPA)
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matzo

[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)
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
1840-1850
1840-50; < Yiddish matse < Hebrew maṣṣāh
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British Dictionary definitions for matzos

matzo

/ˈmætˈsəʊ/
noun (pl) matzos, matzohs, matzas, matzahs, matzoth (Hebrew) (maˈtsɔt)
1.
a brittle very thin biscuit of unleavened bread, traditionally eaten during Passover
Word Origin
from Hebrew matsāh
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matzah

n.

also matza; see matzoh.

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matzos in Culture
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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matza

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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