1. (Bot.) A spore provided with one or more slender cilia, by the vibration of which it swims in the water. Zoöspores are produced by many green, and by some olive-brown, algæ. In certain species they are divided into the larger macrozoöspores and the smaller microzoöspores. Called also sporozoid, and swarmspore.

2. (Zoöl.) See Swarmspore.

(Zo`ö*spor"ic) a. Of or pertaining to zoöspores; of the nature of zoöspores.

(Zo*öt"ic) a. [Gr. zw^,on an animal.] Containing the remains of organized bodies; — said of rock or soil.

(Zo`ö*tom"ic*al) a. [Cf. F. zootomique.] Of or pertaining to zoötomy.

(Zo*öt"o*mist) n. [Cf. F. zootomiste.] One who dissects animals, or is skilled in zoötomy.

(Zo*öt"o*my) n. [Zoö- + Gr. to cut: cf. F. zootomie.] The dissection or the anatomy of animals; — distinguished from androtomy.

(Zo`ö*troph"ic) a. [Gr. . See Zoö-, and Trophic.] (Physiol.) Of or pertaining to the nourishment of animals.

(Zoo"zoo`) n. [Of imitative origin.] (Zoöl.) The wood pigeon. [Prov. Eng.]

(Zope) n. [G.] (Zoöl.) A European fresh-water bream

(Zo"pi*lote) n. [Sp.] (Zoöl.) The urubu, or American black vulture.

(Zor"il) n. (Zoöl.) Same as Zorilla.

(Zo*ril"la) n. [Sp. zorilla, zorillo, dim. of zorra, zorro, a fox: cf. F. zorille.] (Zoöl.) Either one of two species of small African carnivores of the genus Ictonyx allied to the weasels and skunks. [Written also zoril, and zorille.]

The best-known species (Ictonyx zorilla) has black shiny fur with white bands and spots. It has anal glands which produce a very offensive secretion, similar to that of the skunk. It feeds upon birds and their eggs and upon small mammals, and is often very destructive to poultry. It is sometimes tamed by the natives, and kept to destroy rats and mice. Called also mariput, Cape polecat, and African polecat. The name is sometimes erroneously applied to the American skunk.

(Zo`ro*as"tri*an) a. Of or pertaining to Zoroaster, or his religious system.

(Zo`ro*as"tri*an) n. A follower of Zoroaster; one who accepts Zoroastrianism.

(Zo`ro*as"tri*an*ism) n. The religious system of Zoroaster, the legislator and prophet of the ancient Persians, which was the national faith of Persia; mazdeism. The system presupposes a good spirit (Ormuzd) and an opposing evil spirit Cf. Fire worship, under Fire, and Parsee.

(Zo`ro*as"trism) n. Same as Zoroastrianism. Tylor.

(||Zos"ter) n. [L., fr. Gr. girdle, zoster. See Zone.] (Med.) Shingles.

(||Zos"te*ra) n. [NL.] (Bot.) A genus of plants of the Naiadaceæ, or Pondweed family. Zostera marina is commonly known as sea wrack, and eelgrass.

(||Zos"ter*ops) n. [NL., fr. Gr. girdle + the eye.] (Zoöl.) A genus of birds that comprises the white-eyes. See White-eye.

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