Words starting with ” z ” for SAT, GRE, GMAT, CAT skmclasses Bangalore

Zabernism – toponym: the misuse of military power or authority; bullying, aggression

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Zaftig – Yiddish: full-bosomed and shapely; pleasingly plump. having a full; rounded figure

zaftig full-bosomed and shapely pleasingly plump

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Zagharoot – arabic; pl. zaghareet: a high-pitched ululation done with the tongue; a sound of honor (not in general dictionaries)

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Zamboni – eponym: a machine used to resurface ice rinks

Zeitgeber – an environmental cue (as the length of daylight, or the temperature) that helps to regulate an organism’s biological clock

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Zelig (eponym) – a chameleon-like person always manages to be present everywhere

Zelig chameleon-like person always manages to be present everywhere

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zeugma – sometimes used as synonym for syllepsis (see that term). Sometimes used as a more general term – unlike syllepsis, the two senses of the word “punned upon” need not differ.

ziggurat – a temple tower having the form of a terraced pyramid. Mesopotamian step pyramid

ziggurat temple tower having form of terraced pyramid

zilch [etymology] – nothing; a quantity so insignificant as to amount to nothing [from comics?]

Zilch quantity so insignificant as to amout to nothing

zilch nothing a quantity so insignificant as to amount to nothing

Zoilus; Zoilist – eponym: a carping, malignant critic

Zoilus Zoilist a carping malignant critic

zoosemiotics – study of animal communication. Loosely, “animal language,” but including signals other than sound, such as a dog’s tail-wagging. coined 1963; I have not found it in any published dictionary

zoosemiotics loosely animal language

Zukunftsangst – fear of the future

Zukunftsangst fear of the future

zygote – the cell resulting from the fusion of egg and sperm [from Greek zugotos ‘yoked’]

zabaglione    frothy custard
zabernism    misuse of military authority; bullying

zabra    small Spanish sailing vessel

zabra small Spanish sailing vessel

zabuton    flat Japanese cushion for kneeling or sitting

zabuton flat Japanese cushion for kneeling sitting

zaffre    impure cobalt oxide

zaffre impure cobalt oxide

zaitech    investment in financial markets by a company in order to boost profits

zakuska    hors d’oeuvre; snack

zakuska  hors d’oeuvre snack

zalambdodont    having molar teeth with V-shaped ridges

zamacueca    Chilean dance where partners move around each other

Zamacueca Chilean dance

zamarra    sheepskin jacket

zamarra sheepskin jacket

zambomba    Spanish percussion instrument

zambomba Spanish percussion instrument

zambra    Spanish dance

Zambra Spanish Dance

zampogna    Italian bagpipe

zampogna  Italian bagpipe

zampone    stuffed pigs’ trotter sausage

zampone  stuffed pigs’ trotter sausage

zander    a variety of European perch

zander  variety of European perch

zanella    mixed twilled umbrella fabric

zanella  mixed twilled umbrella fabric

zanjero    supervisor of irrigation canals

zanjero  supervisor of irrigation canals

Zany – Woman who is a stupid incompetent fool – goofy sappy whacky

Zany – A buffoon in one of the old comedies; imitates others for ludicrous effect.

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Zany – Ludicrous, foolish. Like a clown. “a zany sense of humour”.

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buffoonish – Like a clown. “a buffoonish walk”.

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zanyism    buffoonery

zanyism buffoonery

zanze    African musical instrument like castanets

zanze  African musical instrument like castanets


Yoked to music at Picnic

Yoked to music play

zapata    flowing, drooping moustache

zapata  flowing drooping moustache

zapateado    Latin-American dance with rhythmic tapping of the feet

Zapateado latin american dance tapping of feet

zappy    lively; entertaining

zappy lively entertaining

zarf    ornamental holder for hot coffee cup

Zarf metallic cuplike stand to hold handleless coffeecup

a metallic cuplike stand used for holding a small handleless coffee cup; the cup is called a finjan. These terms refer to such cups and stands as used in the middle east. However, our language seems to be co-opting zarf to use when one takes coffee in a plastic cone, cheap and disposable but too thin to allow one to hold it with hot coffee. The plastic holder with handle, to hold that disposable cone, can be called a zarf.

zari    Indian gold and silver brocade

zariba    square fence of thorn-bushes; fortified camp

zariba  square fence of thorn-bushes fortified camp

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zarzuela    traditional Spanish vaudeville show; fish and shellfish stew

Zarzuela spanish vaudeville fish shellfish stew
zatch    female genitalia
zati    Indian macaque with large tuft on the back of the head

zayat    Burmese public meeting-hall or house of worship

zayat  Burmese public meeting-hall house of worship

zazzy    flashy; stylish

zazzy flashy stylish

zebrine    of, like or pertaining to zebras
zebrinny    offspring of male horse and female zebra
zebroid    like or resembling a zebra
zebrule    hybrid offspring of male zebra and female horse
zebu    ox with hump and dewlap
zedoary    aromatic root resembling ginger
zegedine    silver drinking-cup
zeitgeber    rhythmically occurring event that cues organisms’ biological rhythms

zek    inmate of prison labour camp

zek inmate of prison labour camp

zel    form of Oriental cymbal

zelator    sister in a convent in charge of checking on conduct of other nuns

zelator sister in a convent in charge of checking on conduct of other nuns

zelatrix    older nun in charge of disciplining younger nuns

zelatrix  older nun in charge of disciplining younger nuns

zelophobia    irrational or fear of jealousy

zelophobia irrational or fear of jealousy

zelotic    of the nature of a zealot

38 Fanatic zealot always ready to argue
zelotypia    jealousy; excessive zeal in carrying out a project
zeme    Caribbean idol or totem
zemindar    in colonial India, an indigenous revenue collector or landholder
zemirah    Hebrew religious song sung at Sabbath meals
zemni    blind mole-rat
zenana    system of segregating women away from men in harems
zendalet    large black woollen shawl worn over the head or shoulders
zendik    heretic; magician
zendo    hall for Zen Buddhist meditation
zenocentric    measured with reference to the planet Jupiter
zenography    study of the planet Jupiter
zenzic    square of a number
zenzizenzizenzic    eighth power of a number
zep    large sandwich made on a long crusty roll

zephyr   –  lightweight wool or worsted fabric; the west wind

zephyr mild refreshing wild blowi1ng 1

(n.) a gentle breeze (If not for the zephyrs that were blowing and cooling us, our room would’ve been unbearably hot.)

Besides being the name of Babar’s monkey friend in the much-beloved picture books about the elephant Babar, a zephyr is a gentle breeze.

In Greek mythology, Zephuros was the god of the west wind, and the bringer of light and early spring breezes. Zephyr derives from his name. That first day of spring, where suddenly you don’t have to wear your jacket to school for the first time all winter? Thank the zephyr for that.

zeppole    a variety of doughnut

zeren    light brown Mongolian gazelle
zeroable    able to be omitted from a sentence without any loss of meaning
zeta    small room or closet in a church

zetetic  – inquiring; investigative: zetetic minds  proceeding by inquiry; a search or investigation

zetetic inquiring investigative zetetic minds

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zeugma    use of a word to modify two or more words in different ways
zeugmatography    imaging using nuclear magnetic resonance to study soft tissue
zeze    stringed instrument resembling a zither
zho    cross between a yak and a cow
ziamet    large ancient Turkish fiefdom
zibeline    of, like or pertaining to the sable
zibeline    soft piled wool
zibib    colourless alcoholic drink made from raisins
ziganka    Russian country dance

zill    finger cymbals used in belly dancing
zimocca    bath-sponge
zincic    of, pertaining to or containing zinc
zinciferous    bearing zinc
zincography    process of engraving or etching on zinc
zineb    white powder used as fungicide
zingaro    gypsy
zingiber    ginger
zinke    old wind instrument resembling the cornet
zinkiferous    bearing zinc

zinnia    brightly coloured annual flower


zinnober    chrome green
ziraleet    expression of joy among Arab women
zirconic    of or pertaining to zirconium
zitella    young girl; maiden
zither    musical instrument with strings laid over horizontal board
ziti    pasta shaped like large macaroni
zizel    chipmunk
zizyphus    spiny fruit-bearing shrub
zizz    sparkle; vim
zoanthropy    delusion that one is an animal
zoarium    supporting structure for a polyp colony
zodiographer    one who writes about animals
zoetic    living; vital
zoetrope    slotted rotating cylinder producing primitive animation
zograscope    optical device for viewing stereoscopic images
zoiatrics    veterinary surgery
zoic    of, like or pertaining to animals; containing evidence of life
zoilism    carping and unjust criticism
zoism    doctrine that life originates from a single vital principle
zokor    central Asian mole-like burrowing rodent
zol    hand-rolled cannabis cigarette
zollverein    customs union
zolotnik    old Russian unit of weight equal to 1/6 of an ounce
zomotherapy    medical treatment using raw meat
zona    girdle or belt; patch or band
zonal    of or like a zone; arranged in zones
zonarious    of or pertaining to a girdle or purse
zonary    of or like a zone; arranged in zones
zonelet    a little zone
zonoid    like a zone
zonule    small zone
zonulet    a small belt or girdle
zonure    small South African lizard
zooarchaeology    study of animal remains of archaeological sites
zoocentric    centred on the animal world
zoocephalic    animal-headed
zoochemistry    chemistry of animals
zoochorous    of seeds or spores spread by animals
zoochory    spread of plant seeds or spores by animals
zooculture    domestication of animals
zoocytium    a hollow vessel
zoodikers    an exclamation
zoodynamics    dynamics of animal bodies
zoogamy    sexual reproduction of animals
zoogenic    produced from animals
zoogeography    study of geographic distribution of animals
zoogeology    study of fossil animal remains
zoogonous    giving birth to live offspring
zoograft    tissue from an animal grafted to a human
zoography    the painting or description of animals
zoogyroscope    device for depicting the movement of animals through rotating images
zooid    asexually produced organism resembling an animal
zoolatry    excessive devotion to animals or pets
zoolite    fossil animal
zoomagnetism    animal magnetism
zoomancy    divination by observing animals
zoomania    insane fondness for animals
zoometry    measurement of animals
zoomimetic    imitating an animal or part of an animal
zoomorphic    having the form or shape of an animal
zoomorphism    conception of a god or man in animal form
zoon    organism regarded as a complete animal
zoonic    of, like or pertaining to or derived from animals
zoonomy    animal physiology
zoonosis    disease of animals which can be transmitted to humans
zoonosology    study of animal diseases
zoopathology    study of animal diseases
zoopery    experimentation on animals
zoophagy    eating animals
zoophilia    loving or caring for animals; bestiality
zoophily    loving or caring for animals; bestiality
zoophobia    fear of animals
zoophorus    continuous frieze depicting humans and animals
zoophysics    physics of animal bodies
zoophysiology    study of physiology of animals
zoophyte    plant-like animal such as coral
zoophytology    study of plant-like animals
zoopraxiscope    device for depicting the movement of animals through rotating images

zooscopy    hallucination that one is seeing animals

zoosophy    knowledge or learning concerning animals
zootaxy    science of classifying animals
zootechnics    science of breeding animals
zoothapsis    premature burial
zootheism    attribution of divine qualities to animals
zootherapy    veterinary therapeutics
zootomy    dissection of animals; comparative anatomy
zootoxin    poison derived from animal
zootrophy    feeding or tending of animals
zootype    animal serving as a type; figure of an animal used to represent a deity
zopissa    combination of wax and pitch used for medicinal purposes
zoppa    syncopated; limping (in music)
zoppetto    medieval Italian limping hop dance
zori    Japanese thonged sandals
zorino    euphemism for skunk fur
zoster    a girdle
zosteriform    shaped like a girdle
zosterops    small tropical bird with a ring of white feathers around the eyes
zouk    Caribbean disco dance and corresponding type of fast rhythmic music
zounds    mild oath
zoysia    perennial subtropical grass
zubrowka    vodka flavoured with sweet-grass
zucca    gourd
zucchetto    round skullcap worn by Catholic clergy to indicate rank
zuche    tree stump
zufolo    small flute used to train songbirds
zug    waterproof leather used for boots
zugtrompete    slide trumpet

zugzwang    chess blockade. situation in which one is in a tenable position, but is forced to act and any action will worsen his position

zugzwang situation in which one is in a tenable position

zule    in heraldry, a chess rook
zumbador    South American hummingbird
zumbooruk    small cannon carried on the back of a camel

zuppa    fish soup

Zuppa fish soup

zurla    Yugoslavian shawm
zurna    Turkish bagpipe or shawm
zwieback    sweet toasted biscuit
zwischenzug    chess move made to play for time
zwitterion    ion carrying both a positive and negative charge
zydeco    Louisiana Creole dance music
zygal    formed like the letter H; of, like or pertaining to a yoke or union
zygnomic    legally supported constraint on human freedom
zygodactylic    having two toes in front and two behind
zygology    science of joining and fastening
zygoma    bony arch on the side of the skull
zygomorphic    bilaterally symmetrical
zygon    connecting bar
zygopleural    bilaterally symmetrical
zygosis    conjugation
zymic    of, like or pertaining to fermentation
zymite    priest using leavened bread during communion
zymogenic    causing fermentation
zymology    science of fermentation
zymometer    instrument for measuring fermentation
zymosimeter    instrument for measuring fermentation
zymosis    fermentation
zymotechnics    the art of fermentation
zymotic    of, like or pertaining to fermentation

zymurgy    branch of chemistry dealing with brewing and distilling

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zythum    ancient Egyptian beer
zyzzyva    South American weevil

    (n.) the highest point, culminating point (I was too nice to tell Nelly that she had reached the absolute zenith of her career with that one hit of hers.)