4 letter word starting with z

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zaim noun A Turkish chief who supports a mounted militia bearing the same name.
zain noun A horse of a dark color, neither gray nor white, and having no spots.
zany noun A merry-andrew; a buffoon., To mimic.
zati noun A species of macaque (Macacus pileatus) native of India and Ceylon. It has a crown of long erect hair, and tuft of radiating hairs on the back of the head. Called also capped macaque.
zeal noun Passionate ardor in the pursuit of anything; eagerness in favor of a person or cause; ardent and active interest; engagedness; enthusiasm; fervor., A zealot., To be zealous.
zebu noun A bovine mammal (Ros Indicus) extensively domesticated in India, China, the East Indies, and East Africa. It usually has short horns, large pendulous ears, slender legs, a large dewlap, and a large, prominent hump over the shoulders; but these characters vary in different domestic breeds, which range in size from that of the common ox to that of a large mastiff.
zein noun A nitrogenous substance of the nature of gluten, obtained from the seeds of Indian corn (Zea) as a soft, yellowish, amorphous substance.
zend noun Properly, the translation and exposition in the Huzv/resh, or literary Pehlevi, language, of the Avesta, the Zoroastrian sacred writings; as commonly used, the language (an ancient Persian dialect) in which the Avesta is written.
zero noun A cipher; nothing; naught., The point from which the graduation of a scale, as of a thermometer, commences., Fig.: The lowest point; the point of exhaustion; as, his patience had nearly reached zero.
zest noun A piece of orange or lemon peel, or the aromatic oil which may be squeezed from such peel, used to give flavor to liquor, etc., Hence, something that gives or enhances a pleasant taste, or the taste itself; an appetizer; also, keen enjoyment; relish; gusto., The woody, thick skin inclosing the kernel of a walnut., To cut into thin slips, as the peel of an orange, lemon, etc.; to squeeze, as peel, over the surface of anything., To give a relish or flavor to; to heighten the taste or relish of; as, to zest wine.
zeta noun A Greek letter corresponding to our z.
zeus noun The chief deity of the Greeks, and ruler of the upper world (cf. Hades). He was identified with Jupiter.
zimb noun A large, venomous, two-winged fly, native of Abyssinia. It is allied to the tsetse fly, and, like the latter, is destructive to cattle.
zinc noun An abundant element of the magnesium-cadmium group, extracted principally from the minerals zinc blende, smithsonite, calamine, and franklinite, as an easily fusible bluish white metal, which is malleable, especially when heated. It is not easily oxidized in moist air, and hence is used for sheeting, coating galvanized iron, etc. It is used in making brass, britannia, and other alloys, and is also largely consumed in electric batteries. Symbol Zn. Atomic weight 64.9., To coat with zinc; to galvanize.
zink noun See Zinc.
zion noun A hill in Jerusalem, which, after the capture of that city by the Israelites, became the royal residence of David and his successors., Hence, the theocracy, or church of God., The heavenly Jerusalem; heaven.
zobo noun A kind of domestic cattle reared in Asia for its flesh and milk. It is supposed to be a hybrid between the zebu and the yak.
zoea noun A peculiar larval stage of certain decapod Crustacea, especially of crabs and certain Anomura.
zoic adjective Of or pertaining to animals, or animal life.
zona noun A zone or band; a layer.
zone noun A girdle; a cincture., One of the five great divisions of the earth, with respect to latitude and temperature., The portion of the surface of a sphere included between two parallel planes; the portion of a surface of revolution included between two planes perpendicular to the axis., A band or stripe extending around a body., A band or area of growth encircling anything; as, a zone of evergreens on a mountain; the zone of animal or vegetable life in the ocean around an island or a continent; the Alpine zone, that part of mountains which is above the limit of tree growth., A series of planes having mutually parallel intersections., Circuit; circumference., To girdle; to encircle.
zoo- A combining form from Gr. zwo^,n an animal, as in zoogenic, zoology, etc.
zoon noun An animal which is the sole product of a single egg; — opposed to zooid., Any one of the perfectly developed individuals of a compound animal.
zope noun A European fresh-water bream (Abramis ballerus).
zubr noun The aurochs.
zyme noun A ferment., The morbific principle of a zymotic disease.