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Z

"Ounce." From the abbreviation "oz."


Za

"Pizza." [Cont].


Zaftig

"Full Bosomed; Sexy, Attractive." Variant of "zoftig." See "zoftig."


Zam

"Examination, Test." [Cont] A slang contraction of "exam," poular in th early twentieth century.


Zeal

"Ardent Feeling; Eager Desire; Ardour in Pursuit of a Goal or Cause; Jealousy." From the French "zele," from the Latin "zelus," from the Greek "zelos," generally in its meaning of "fervour, zeal," though its primary meaning is "jealousy." There is also an obsolete verb form, "to zeal" = "to be zealous." See also "jealous," "zealot" and "zelator."


Zealant

An obsolete form of "zealot" or "zelator." See entries for both. Note also "zelant."


Zealless

"Lacking Zeal." See "zeal."


Zealot

"A Zealous Person; A Person Swept Up in a Cause; A Fanatical Enthusiast." Middle English "zelote" from the Old French "zelateur," from the Ecclesiastical Latin "zelator," from the Greek "zeloteos" = "zealot, zealous follower," from "zelos." See also "zelator"


Zealotic

"Of or Like a Zealot." See also "zealot" and "zelotic."


Zealotical

"Ardently Zealous." See "zealot."


Zealotist

"A Zealot." See "zealot."


Zealotry

"The Conduct or Behaviour of a Zealot; Excessive Zeal; Fanaticism." See "zeal" and "zealot."


Zealous

"Full of Zeal." From the Medieval Latin "zelosus." See "zeal."


Zeitgeist

"Spirit of the Age." A German loanword. It breaks down to two components, "zeit" = "time" or "age" and "geist" = "spirit."


Zelant

An obsolete form of "zealot" or "zelator." See entries for both. Note also "zealant."


Zelator

"Zealot." From the Old French "zelateur," from the Ecclesiastical Latin "zelator," from the Greek "zeloteos" = "zealot, zealous follower," from "zelos." See also "zeal," "zealot," "zelatrix" and "zelatrice."


Zelatrice

"A Female Zelator." See "zelator."


Zelatrix

"A Female Zelator." See "zelator."


Zelophobia

"An Irrational Fear of Jealousy." From the Greek "zelos" = "jealousy" and the suffix "-phobia." See "-phobia" and "zeal."


Zelophilia

"Sexual Arousal From Jealousy." From the Greek "zelos" = "jealousy" and the suffix "-philia." See "-philia" and "zeal."


Zelotic

"Of or Like a Zelator." See also "zelator" and "zealotic."


Zelotypia

"Morbid or Insane Zeal; Insane Jealousy." From the Greek "zelos" meaning either "zeal" or "jealousy" (see "zeal) and "tupe" = "to strike, blow, wound."


Zine

"a Small Press or Self Published Magazine." Shortened from "magazine." See "magazine."


Zippo

1. "to Light on Fire." Slang after the trademarked brand name of cigarette lighters by that name.


Zippo

2. "Flamethrower." Army slang after the trademarked brand name of cigarette lighters by that name.


Zo-, Zoo-

"Pertaining to Animals." This takes the form of "zoo-" before a consonant and "zo-" before a vowel. It derives from the Greek "zô-" and "zôo-," combining forms of "zôon" = "living animal."


Zoanthropy

"The Delusion Where a Person Believes Themselves to be a Non-Human Animal." Quite like the more specific case, lycanthropy, which in modern psychology is when one believes that they are a wolf. It is formed from the prefix "zo-" (See "zo-") and the Greek root "anthrôpos" = "man."


Zoetic

Variant of "zoic."


Zoftig

"Full Bosomed; Sexy, Attractive." From the Yiddish "zaftiq," literally meaning "juicy," from the German "saftig."


Zoiatria

"Veterinary Healing." From "zo-" (see "zo-") and the Greek "iateira" = "healing."


Zoic

"Pertaining to Animals or Living Beings." See "zo-" and "-ic."


Zoo

1. "a Place Where Live Animals are Kept and Exhibited." Short for Zoological Garden. See "zoological."


Zoo

2. "a Place or Situation Marked by Disorder or Confusion." From "zoo 1."


Zooerastia

"Sexual Intercourse with an Animal." From the prefix "-zoo" (see "-zo") and the suffix "-erastia" from the Greek "erastea" = "lover."


Zoogenic

"Originated in or Produced by Animals." From the prefix "-zoo" (see "-zo") and the suffix "-genic" from the Greek "genes" = "born."


Zooid

"Resembling Animal in Form." A hive or colony (such as of ants) that acts as a singular entity, for instance, may be called "zooid." A compound of the prefix "-zo" and the suffix "-oid." See entries for both.


Zoolatry

"Worship of Animals." From the prefix "-zoo" (see "-zo") and "-latry" from the Greek "latreia" = "service to the gods, divine worship."


Zoolite

"Fossilised Animal or Animal Substance." A compond of the prefix "-zoo" (see "-zo") and the suffix "-ite," meaning "mineral or rock."


Zoological, Zoologic

"Related to Animals; Pertaining to the Study of Animals." See "zoology."


Zoology

"the Study of Animals." See "zo-" and "-ology."


Zoomancy

"Divination By Animals." From the Greek roots "zôo-" (see "zo-") and "manteia" = "mode of divination."


Zoomorphic

"Having Animal Form." From the prefix "-zoo" (see "-zo") and "-morphic" from the Greek "morphe" = "form." See "-morphic."


Zoomorphism

"Attribution of Animal Characteristics to a God." See "zoomorphic." See "-morph" and "-ism."


Zoomorphy

A variant of "zoomorphic."


Zoophagan

"A Carnivore." See "zoophageous."


Zoophageous

"Carnivorous, Feeding on Animal Matter." From the Greek "zôophagos" = "carvivorous," compounded from "zôon" = "animal" and "phagein" ="devour."


Zoophilia

"Affinity or Affection for Animals; Sexual Attraction to Animals." See "zo-" and "-philia."


Zooplasty

"Transfer of Animal Tissue into a Human." From the prefix "-zoo" (see "-zo") and the suffix "-plasty," from the Greek "plastia," from "plassein" = "to mold."


Zoopsia

"A Form of Hallucination in Which Animals are Seen." Also called "zooscopy." From the prefix "-zoo" (see "-zo") and the Greek root "opsis" = "vision."


Zooscopy

"A Form of Hallucination in Which Animals are Seen." Also called "zoopsia." From the prefix "-zoo" (see "-zo") and the Greek root "skop" = "see."


Zootheism

"the Deification of Animals." From the prefix "-zoo" (see "-zo") and "theism" from the Greek "theos" = "god."


Zounds

Exclamation. A shortened version of the expression "By God's Wounds."





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