kitniot

Alternative Spellings

kitniyos, kitniyos, kitniyot

Definitions

  • "Literally, 'legumes'...certain foods that are restricted during Pesach in some Jewish communities." (JPS)

Example Sentences

  • "My Ashkenazic family does not eat rice or other kitniyot on Passover, but my Sephardic friends eat these foods."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

קטניות

Who Uses This

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

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

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

Notes

Foods considered kitniyot: Peanuts, rice, corn (also corn syrup), beans (including soy)

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