Zedekiah, one of general Harrison’s servants.—Sir W. Scott: Woodstock (time, Commonwealth).

Zegris and the Abencerrages [A-ven-ce-rah-ke], an historic romance, professing to be history, and printed at Alcala in 1604. It was extremely popular, and had a host of imitations.

Zeid, Mahomet’s freedman. “The prophet” adopted him as his son, and gave him Zeinab (or Zenobia) for a wife; but falling in love with her himself, Zeid gave her up to the prophet. She was Mahomet’s cousin, and within the prohibited degrees, according to the Korân.

Zeinab or Zenobia, wife of Zeid Mahomet’s freedman and adopted son.

She was the daughter of Amima, Mahomet’s aunt.

Zeinab , wife of Hodeirah an Arab. She lost her husband and all her children, except one, a boy named Thalaba. Weary of life, the angel of death took her while Thalaba was yet a youth.—Southey: Thalaba the Destroyer (1797).

Zeleucus or Zaleucus, a Locrensian lawgiver, who enacted that adulterers should be deprived of their eyes. His own son being proved guilty, Zeleucus pulled out one of his own eyes, and one of his son’s eyes, that “two eyes might be paid to the law.”—Valerius Maximus: De Factis Dictisque, v. 5, ecl. 3.

How many now will tread Zeleucus’ steps
   —Gascoigne: The Steele Glas (died 1577

Zelica, the betrothed of Azim. When it was rumoured that he had been slain in battle, Zelica joined the haram of the Veiled Prophet as “one of the elect of paradise.” Azim returned from the wars, discovered her retreat, and advised her to flee with him, but she told him that she was now the prophet’s bride. After the death of the prophet, Zelica assumed his veil, and Azim, thinking the veiled figure to be the prophet, rushed on her and killed her.—Moore: Lalla Rookh (“The Veiled Prophet,” etc., 1817).

Zelis, the daughter of a Persian officer. She was engaged to a man in the middle age of life, but just prior to the wedding he forsook her for a richer bride. The father of Zelis challenged him, but was killed. Zelis now took lodging with a courtezan, and went with her to Italy; but when she discovered the evil courses of her companion, she determined to become a nun, and started by water for Rome. She was taken captive by corsairs, and sold from master to master, till at length Hingpo rescued her, and made her his wife.—Goldsmith: A Citizen of the World (1759).

Zelmane , the assumed name of Pyroclês when he put on female attire.—Sir P. Sidney: Arcadia (1590).

Sir Philip has preserved such a matchless dec orum that Pyroclês manhood suffers no stain for the effeminacy of Zelmanê.—Lamb.

Zeluco, the only son of a noble Sicilian family, accomplished and fascinating, but spoilt by maternal indulgence, and at length rioting in dissipation. In spite of his gaiety of manner, he is a standing testimony that misery accompanies vice.—Dr. John Moore: Zeluco (a novel, 1786).

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