Zircono to Zoöpathology
(Zir"co*no) See Zirco-.
(Zir"con*oid) n. [Zircon + oid.] (Crystallog.) A double eight-sided pyramid, a form common
with tetragonal crystals; so called because this form often occurs in crystals of zircon.
(Zith"er) n. [G. zither. See Cittern.] (Mus.) An instrument of music used in Austria and Germany.
It has from thirty to forty wires strung across a shallow sounding-board, which lies horizontally on a table
before the performer, who uses both hands in playing on it. [Not to be confounded with the old lute-
shaped cittern, or cithern.]
(Zit"tern) n. (Min.) See Cittern.
(||Zi*za"ni*a) n. [NL., from L. zizanium darnel, cockle, Gr. .] (Bot.) A genus of grasses including
Indian rice. See Indian rice, under Rice.
(Ziz"el) n. [G. ziesel.] (Zoöl.) The suslik. [Written also zisel.]
(||Zo`an*tha"ce*a) n. pl. [NL., from Gr. zw^,on an animal + flower.] (Zoöl.) A suborder of
Actinaria, including Zoanthus and allied genera, which are permanently attached by their bases.
(||Zo`an*tha"ri*a) n. pl. [NL.] (Zoöl.) Same as Anthozoa.
(Zo`an*tha"ri*an) a. (Zoöl.) Of or pertaining to the Zoantharia. n. One of the Anthozoa.
(Zo*an"tho*deme) n. [See Zoantharia, and Deme.] (Zoöl.) The zooids of a compound
(Zo*an"thoid) a. [See Zoantharia, and -oid.] (Zoöl.) Of or pertaining to the Zoanthacea.
(Zo*an"thro*py) n. [Gr. animal + man.] (Med.) A kind of monomania in which the patient
believes himself transformed into one of the lower animals.
(||Zo*an"thus) n. [NL. See Zoantharia.] (Zoöl.) A genus of Actinaria, including numerous
species, found mostly in tropical seas. The zooids or polyps resemble small, elongated actinias united
together at their bases by fleshy stolons, and thus forming extensive groups. The tentacles are small
and bright colored.
(||Zo"bo) n. [Native name.] (Zoöl.) 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.
(Zoc"co Zoc"co*lo) n. [It. fr. L. socculus. See Socle, and cf. Zacco.] (Arch.) Same as Socle.
(Zo"cle) n. (Arch.) Same as Socle.
(Zo"di*ac) n. [F. zodiaque fr. L. zodiacus, Gr. fr. dim. of zw^,on an animal, akin to living, to
1. (Astron.) (a) An imaginary belt in the heavens, 16° or 18° broad, in the middle of which is the ecliptic,
or sun's path. It comprises the twelve constellations, which one constituted, and from which were named,
the twelve signs of the zodiac. (b) A figure representing the signs, symbols, and constellations of the
2. A girdle; a belt. [Poetic & R.]
By his side,Milton.
As in a glistering zodiac, hung the sword.