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n. "Small, triangular-shaped cookies filled with fruit or jam that are eaten on Purim." (JPS)
"We are going to bake hamentaschen for the Purim carnival."
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המן־טאַשן homentashn (singular המן־טאַש homentash) 'lit. Haman pockets; triangular jam- or poppy-seed-filled cookies'. The Yiddish word homentashn is a Yiddishized version of a German pastry name, mahntasche. Mahn - in Yiddish mon - is poppy seed, the original flavor of these pastries, and tash is a pouch or pocket. Somehow this pastry became associated with Purim, and Jews recognized the similarity between the word mon and the name of the Purim villain, homon (Haman). Eventually these pastries became known as Haman pouches - homentashn.
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In Jewish English the word is often used as a singular form: "Can I have another hamantaschen?"
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