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(KHä-mĕts′, hä-)
Food made from grain or flour that has been mixed with water and left to sit, considered leavened according to Jewish dietary law and thus forbidden for Jews to use or possess during Passover.

[Hebrew ḥāmēṣ, from ḥāmēṣ, to be leavened; akin to Akkadian emṣu, emiṣ-, sour, Arabic ḥamuḍa, to be sour, and Aramaic ḥăma', to be leavened.]
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(Judaism) Judaism leavened food which may not be eaten during Passover
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During the holiday, Jewish law forbids chametz, anything consisting of grains that may have come in contact with water, starting the process of fermentation.
Before the celebrations start, all traces of chametz (leaven) are removed from the home.
These constraints are symbolized by the chametz, the leavened products that are banished for the holiday, and which allude to the spiritual impediment of ego puffery.