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n. pl. ha·man·tasch·en (-tä′shən)
A triangular pastry with a filling such as preserves or poppy seeds, traditionally served in Jewish communities around Purim.

[Yiddish homentash, probably alteration (influenced by post-Biblical Hebrew 'oznê Hāmān, hamantaschen, literally "Haman's ears") of a Yiddish word akin to German Mohntasche, poppy-seed pastry : Mohn, poppy (from Middle High German māhen, from Old High German; akin to Greek mēkōn), Tasche, pocket, pouch (from Middle High German, from Old High German tasca, of unknown origin).]
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(ˈhɑːmənˌtɑːʃ; ˈhʌmən-)
(Cookery) Judaism a pastry, triangular in shape, that contains various types of filling, including prunes and poppy seeds, and is traditionally eaten at the Jewish festival of Purim
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(44) It is here that we see the languages of medicine and natural philosophy in service of the theologically constructed Blood Libel, which claimed that Jews not only required Christian blood for healing charms, amulets, and religious rituals, but also consumed Christian blood mixed with the Passover matzo or in the filling of the Purim Hamantaschen. (45) Jews, it would seem, were biologically driven to consume blood--ironic, of course, because according to Levitical law, the consumption of blood in any form is forbidden.
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Hamantaschen, a crunchy sort of cookie pastry shaped like a three-cornered hat, was delish!