is an archaic English
word for the Jewish matzah
, derived from the Greek word αζυμος ("unleavened") for unfermented cakes in Biblical times; the more accepted term in modern English is simply unleavened bread
, but cognates of the Greek term are still used in many Romance languages
(French pain azyme
, Italian azzime
). The term does not appear frequently in modern Bible translations, but was the usual word for unleavened bread in the early Catholic English Douay-Rheims Bible
Azymite was a term of abuse used by Greek rite Christians against Latin Rite Christians.