kitniot

Pronunciations

kitniot (keet-nee-YOTE)
kitniyot (KEET-nee-yote)

Definitions

  • n. "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).

      Alternative Spellings

      kitniyos, kitniyos, kitniyot

Notes

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

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