Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A triangular pastry with a filling such as preserves or poppy seeds, traditionally served in Jewish communities around Purim.

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  • noun A traditional Ashkenazi three-cornered cookie eaten during the Jewish holiday of Purim. The filling may be made from variously from poppy seeds, prunes, nuts, dates, apricots, fruit preserves, chocolate, caramel, or cheese.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Yiddish homentash, probably alteration (influenced by post-Biblical Hebrew ’oznê Hāmān, hamantaschen, literally “Haman's ears”) of a Yiddish word akin to German Mohntasche, poppy-seed pastry : Mohn, poppy (from Middle High German māhen, from Old High German; akin to Greek mēkōn), Tasche, pocket, pouch (from Middle High German, from Old High German tasca, of unknown origin).]

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Yiddish המן־טאַש (haman-tash)

Examples

  • "The Great Latke Hamantash Debate" (2006) is a collection of "scholarly" presentations on behalf of the latke, the potato pancake traditionally served during Hanukkah, and the hamantasch, the triangular filled sweet pastry associated with Purim.

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  • The Great Latke Hamantash Debate (2006) is a collection of "scholarly" presentations on behalf of the latke, the potato pancake traditionally served during Hanukkah, and the hamantasch, the triangular filled sweet pastry associated with Purim.

    The Chicago Blog

  • The Great Latke Hamantash Debate (2006) is a collection of "scholarly" presentations on behalf of the latke, the potato pancake traditionally served during Hanukkah, and the hamantasch, the triangular filled sweet pastry associated with Purim.

    The Chicago Blog

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