afikoman

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a·fi·ko·man

or a·fi·ko·men or a·fi·qo·man  (ä′fē-kō′mən)
n. Judaism
A piece of matzo reserved to be eaten as the last food at a Passover Seder, sometimes initially hidden by the head of the household and searched for by the children present, who are then given a small reward for its return.

[Ultimately (probably via Yiddish afikomen) from Mishnaic Hebrew ʔăpîqômān, entertainment at the end of a meal, festal song, dessert, afikoman, from Greek epikomion, revel ( from neuter singular of epikomios, of or for a festal procession : epi-, epi- + kōmos, celebration, revel), or epi kōmon, for the revel (perhaps an exhortation meaning "Now for the revel!" spoken at the end of the Seder : epi, upon, for; see epi- + kōmon, accusative of kōmos).]
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As the Mishnah notes, no afiqoman follows the pesah meal (M 8).
No afiqoman is served after the pesah meal, which means, says the Tosefta, no sweets for dessert (T 11).
This disjuncture, within one and the same paragraph, derives from the fact that the redactor of the Mishnah is "sewing" together a statement from the Tosefta about the afiqoman with other material about the paschal offering with which he will end the chapter.
Mishnah 10:8 No afiqoman is allowed after the pesah or meal.