matzah meal

Pronunciations

matzah meal (MAH-tsuh MEEL)

Definitions

  • n. "Finely crumbled, crushed matzah used as a flour substitute in cooking during Pesach." (Eisenberg & Scolnic)

Example Sentences

  • "I buy a can of matzah meal every Passover."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish
  • English

Etymology

  • מצה-מעל matze mel 'matzah flour' combined with the English word "meal" (e.g., corn meal)

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education

      Regions

      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand

      Dictionaries

      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

      Alternative Spellings

      matza meal, matzoh meal, matzo meal, matsah meal, matsa meal, matsoh meal, matso meal, matze meal, matzeh meal, matse meal, matseh meal, matzah mel, matza mel, matzoh mel, matzo mel, matsah mel, matsa mel, matsoh mel, matso mel, matze mel, matzeh mel, matse mel

Notes

  • Second part may be pronounced either like the English word "meal", or like the Yiddish word "mel", rhyming with "sell".

    "Many pesachdik cakes and other foods use matzah meal as a primary ingredient." (Eisenberg & Scolnic)

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