1. 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.
2. Hence, something that gives or enhances a pleasant taste, or the taste itself; an appetizer; also, keen
enjoyment; relish; gusto.
Almighty Vanity! to thee they oweYoung.
Their zest of pleasure, and their balm of woe.
Liberality of disposition and conduct gives the highest zest and relish to social intercourse.Gogan.
3. The woody, thick skin inclosing the kernel of a walnut. [Obs.]
(Zest), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Zested; p. pr. & vb. n. Zesting.]
1. To cut into thin slips, as the peel of an orange, lemon, etc.; to squeeze, as peel, over the surface of
2. To give a relish or flavor to; to heighten the taste or relish of; as, to zest wine. Gibber.
(||Ze"ta) n. [L., from Gr. . Cf. Zed.] A Greek letter [&zeta] corresponding to our z.
Zetetic method (Math.), the method used for finding the value of unknown quantities by direct search,
in investigation, or in the solution of problems. [R.] Hutton.
(Ze*tet"ic) a. [Gr. fr. to seek: cf. F. zététique.] Seeking; proceeding by inquiry.
(Ze*tet"ic), n. A seeker; a name adopted by some of the Pyrrhonists.
(Ze*tet"ics) n. [See Zetetic, a.] (Math.) A branch of algebra which relates to the direct search
for unknown quantities. [R.]
(Zeu"glo*don) n. [Gr. the strap or loop of a yoke + tooth.] (Paleon.) A genus of extinct
Eocene whales, remains of which have been found in the Gulf States. The species had very long and
slender bodies and broad serrated teeth. See Phocodontia.
(Zeu"glo*dont) (Zoöl.) Any species of Zeuglodonta.
(||Zeu`glo*don"ta) n. pl. [NL.] (Zoöl.) Same as Phocodontia.
(Zeug"ma) n. [L., from Gr. fr. to yoke, join. See Yoke.] (Gram.) A figure by which an adjective
or verb, which agrees with a nearer word, is, by way of supplement, referred also to another more remote; as,
"hic illius arma, hic currus fuit;" where fuit, which agrees directly with currus, is referred also to arma.
(Zeug*mat"ic) a. Of or pertaining to zeugma; characterized by zeugma.
(||Zeu`go*bran`chi*a"ta) n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. to yoke + a gill.] (Zoöl.) Same as Zygobranchia.
(Zeus) n. (Gr. Myth.) The chief deity of the Greeks, and ruler of the upper world (cf. Hades).
He was identified with Jupiter.
(Zeu*ze"ri*an) n. (Zoöl.) Any one of a group of bombycid moths of which the genus Zeuzera
is the type. Some of these moths are of large size. The goat moth is an example.
(Zey"lan*ite) n. (Min.) See Ceylanite.