Definitions

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  • n. The matzoh eaten at a Passover seder, after dinner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A piece broken off from the middle one of the three thin cakes of unleavened bread, called respectively ‘Cohen,’ ‘Levi,’ and ‘Israel’ (thus representing the whole Jewish nation), used by the Jews at the seder service on Passover eve.

Etymologies

Hebrew אֲפִיקוֹמָן ("afikomen"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The afikomen is a piece of matzah which is hidden somewhere in the immediate surroundings, which at the end of the meal, children must hunt for.

    Archive 2006-03-01

  • At the Passover meal Jesus shared with his disciples this night, the pure unleavened bread was broken into quarter portions, and one portion, called the afikomen, was hidden away in a cloth and laid aside.

    Archive 2005-03-01

  • During dessert, children hunt for the missing piece, called the afikomen, and the one who finds it gets a prize.

    chron.com Chronicle

  • At the start of the event, they are shown a piece of matzo called the afikomen - from the Greek for dessert - which is set aside to be the last thing eaten.

    Knox

  • As for the "easter eggs" -- in my head I call them "afikomen" but only a few people will get that joke ;- -- here's the first one: look at the bulleted list after the heading

    A Rip, Mix, Learn Invitation ....

  • David and Debbie always got to find the afikomen the special matzoh, wrapped in linen and hidden for kids to find and then use to extract ransom money from the adult who led the service every Passover, too, because their grandfather, Uncle Ben, always led the Seder every year, and he shamelessly let them do it.

    Roseanne Archy

  • It was horribly unfair, since my grandmother did all the preparation and the cooking and the buying of every single piece of the whole Passover affair, and she had seven grandchildren of her own who deserved a chance to find the goddamn afikomen, too!

    Roseanne Archy

  • We have a wooden passover set, compete with afikomen.

    The Kids Are Alright

  • My family also went to synagogue on the High Holidays and always had a Passover Seder -- although, one year my grandmother rewarded the grandchild who found the afikomen with a deluxe chocolate Easter bunny.

    Miranda Levenstein: Interfaith Gingerbread Cookies

  • And be sure to keep it green by wrapping your organic matzah in an organic cotton napkin when you hide the afikomen.

    Carolyn Scott: Make It a Green Passover

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