One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Leaven or food mixed with leaven, prohibited during Passover.
- ‘For the few days of Passover, chametz and matzah are antithetical.’
- ‘Just as chametz makes bread look bigger than it is without adding any substance, so too an ego filled with self importance is ultimately nothing but hot air.’
- ‘A Jew may not eat chametz or derive benefit from it during Passover.’
- ‘Now I know why people search for chametz before Pesach.’
- ‘This requirement is based on the Biblical injunction that during Passover no chometz be eaten.’
Mid 19th century: from Hebrew ḥāmēṣ.
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