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Words starting with z

Word Definition
Z 1. Z, the twenty-sixth and last letter of the English alphabet, is a vocal consonant. It is taken from the Latin letter Z, which came from the Greek alphabet, this having it from a Semitic source. The ultimate origin is probably Egyptian. Etymologically, it is most closely related to s, y, and j; as in glass, glaze; E. yoke, Gr. /, L. yugum; E. zealous, jealous. See Guide to Pronunciation, // 273, 274.
2. (n.) the 26th letter of the Roman alphabet
3. (n.) the ending of a series or sequence
z-axis 1. (n.) the third axis in a 3-dimensional coordinate system
za 1. (n.) An old solfeggio name for B flat; the seventh harmonic, as heard in the or aeolian string; -- so called by Tartini. It was long considered a false, but is the true note of the chord of the flat seventh.
Zaar 1. (n.) a Chadic language spoken in northern Nigeria
zabaglione 1. (n.) light foamy custard-like dessert served hot or chilled
zabaism 1. (n.) Alternative form of Zabism
zabian 1. (n.) See Sabian.
zabism 1. (n.) See Sabianism.
Zabrze 1. (n.) an industrial city in southern Poland
zacco 1. (n.) See Zocco.
Zacharias 1. (n.) an Old Testament book telling the prophecies of Zechariah which are concerned mainly with the renewal of Israel after the Babylonian Captivity
2. (n.) a Hebrew minor prophet of the late 6th century BC
Zachary Taylor 1. (n.) 12th President of the United States; died in office (1784-1850)
zachun 1. (n.) An oil pressed by the Arabs from the fruit of a small thorny tree (Balanites Aegyptiaca), and sold to piligrims for a healing ointment.
zaerthe 1. (n.) Same as Z/rthe.
zaffer 1. (n.) A pigment obtained, usually by roasting cobalt glance with sand or quartz, as a dark earthy powder. It consists of crude cobalt oxide, or of an impure cobalt arseniate. It is used in porcelain painting, and in enameling pottery, to produce a blue color, and is often confounded with smalt, from which, however, it is distinct, as it contains no potash. The name is often loosely applied to mixtures of zaffer proper with silica, or oxides of iron, manganese, etc.
zaftig 1. (adj.) (of a female body) healthily plump and vigorous
zag 1. (n.) an angular shape characterized by sharp turns in alternating directions
Zaglossus 1. (n.) a genus of Tachyglossidae
Zagreb 1. (n.) the capital of Croatia
Zaharias 1. (n.) outstanding United States athlete (1914-1956)
zaim 1. (n.) A Turkish chief who supports a mounted militia bearing the same name.
zaimet 1. (n.) A district from which a Zaim draws his revenue.
zain 1. (n.) A horse of a dark color, neither gray nor white, and having no spots.
zaire 1. (n.) a republic in central Africa; achieved independence from Belgium in 1960
2. (n.) the basic unit of money in Zaire
Zaire River 1. (n.) a major African river (one of the world's longest); flows through Congo into the South Atlantic
Zairean 1. (adj.) of or relating to or characteristic of Zaire or its people
2. (n.) a native or inhabitant of Zaire
Zairese 1. (adj.) of or relating to or characteristic of Zaire or its people
2. (n.) a native or inhabitant of Zaire
Zairese monetary unit 1. (n.) monetary unit in Zaire
zakat 1. (n.) the fourth pillar of Islam is almsgiving as an act of worship
zalambdodont 1. (adj.) Of or pertaining to a tribe (Zalambdodonta) of Insectivora in which the molar teeth have but one V-shaped ridge.
2. (n.) One of the Zalambdodonta. The tenrec, solenodon, and golden moles are examples.