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Z Vocabulary Words Quiz

Guess these vocabulary words that start with the letter Z.
Last updated: September 17, 2018
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Definition
Word
Striped African animal
Zebra
Greek letter
Zeta
The twelve astrological signs
Zodiac
Overly fanatical person
Zealot
Study of animals
Zoology
A generic huge number
Zillion
Snappy insult
Zinger
British for "Zee"
Zed
The west wind
Zephyr
German loan word meaning
"spirit of the times"
Zeitgeist
Definition
Word
Rigid dirigible
Zeppelin
Tiered Babylonian temple
Ziggurat
Undead person
Zombie
Genre of music from Louisiana
Zydeco
Mineral sometimes substituted for diamonds
Zircon
Variety of green squash known to
the British as a courgette
Zucchini
Opposite of nadir
Zenith
Tube-shaped pasta
Ziti
Outer skin of a citrus
Zest`
Wacky
Zany
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level 56
Feb 14, 2013
I may well be wrong, but wasn't the temple of Zerubbabel also a babylonian temple? That may not even be the name of the temple, I've just always known of it as the temple of Zerubbabel.
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level 69
May 9, 2013
Ziggurat is the general term for the building style the Babylonians used for their temples. It's a type of pyramid. Zerubbabel was a descendent of King David in the bible. He returned to Israel/Jerusalem from the Babylonian exile after the Persians conquered it and the land of Israel among other real estate. He became king of Israel. Though he was in Babylonia, he was Jewish, so I doubt very much that he was connected with any Babylonian (pagan) temple. He was involved in the rebuilding of the Jewish temple but it was [1] in Jerusalem and [2] never called Zerubbabel's temple. Who's Shaggy?
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level 80
Dec 23, 2014
All the above, except that the temple he laid the foundation for is often referred to by his name. Do a google search for "Temple of Zerubbabel" (include quotes), and you'll find they all refer to the edifice also called the Second Temple.
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level 74
Dec 2, 2018
The 1st Jewish Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed by the Babylonians and many Hebrews were taken into captivity in Babylon. After the Persian conquest of Babylon, Zerubbabel led his people back to Jerusalem where they constructed the 2nd Jewish Temple. It wasn't as cool as the 1st temple. There was much rending of clothes and lamentations. Later on Herod the Great greatly expanded this temple making it one of the most impressive structures in the entire Roman Empire. Titus Andronicus burned it down after a Jewish revolt.

Anyway... Zerubbabel is indeed connected to a temple, and he did spend time in Babylon, but the temple he's connected to certainly isn't Babylonian. And it didn't have tiers, either.
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level 73
Jan 11, 2014
100% and i'm a tad druink
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level 49
Aug 4, 2014
Did anyone else also try Zodiac for rigid dirigible or was that just me?
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level 55
Dec 2, 2018
Not just you. *sigh*
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level 21
Nov 11, 2014
u should accept zealous too
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level 61
Dec 3, 2014
Why, zealous is not a noun - zealot is.
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level 74
Feb 11, 2015
Does anyone else start tapping their feet when they think of zydeco? I can't help it, I just start dancing while still seated in my chair.
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level 35
Mar 20, 2015
I always heard just 'Zing' for Snappy Insult instead of Zinger, could you maybe accept that as well?
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level 55
Apr 30, 2015
Darn, I'm silly. I put in "zealous" and didn't think to try "zealot." But that's my fault. The question clearly was asking for the noun, not the adjective.
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level 31
Jun 18, 2015
Can you accept "zing" for "zinger?" I kept putting that in and getting nothing. I've always heard them referred to as "a zing."
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level 70
Jun 18, 2015
zillion?? Really?? That is just sad...
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level 65
Dec 3, 2018
Why?
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level 59
Jun 18, 2015
Could not figure out what the hell "zee" was in non-British English, much less what this mysterious "zed" I was being asked for is for the British. The letter "z". I get it. Ahah.
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level 49
Jun 20, 2015
In the spirit of the zee/zed question, how about changing the squash clue to 'US English for courgette' - mainly because I'm kicking myself for not getting that!
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level 45
Oct 11, 2016
100% with 4 minutes to go. I hate to brag, but I've never come close to doing this well on another quiz. Thanks, QM.
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level 59
Mar 7, 2017
That is excellent! I only go 64% and had never even heard of most the answers I didn't get.
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level 77
Dec 12, 2017
Never heard of the term 'zinger' - a Jetpunker will no doubt type one next.
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level 67
Dec 12, 2017
Nor me. It's a KFC sandwich in the UK. At least it was the last time I set foot in a KFC many many moons ago.
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level 21
Feb 3, 2018
Did anyone else notice that there is a typo in the answer Zest? It says Zest` instead of Zest. I know I'm nitpicking, but it would be nice if you could fix that. Thanks for the great quiz!
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level 56
Oct 22, 2018
British for "Zee" .... really? Given that the language we're talking about here is English, maybe this should be "American" for Zed?
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level 74
Dec 2, 2018
Nope. Speakers of the dialect of the British isles are in the minority, like it or not, and the dialect they speak has changed more since the 1700s anyway. There is no central authority or academy that governs the use of the language, either.
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level 68
Dec 2, 2018
Bada bing, bada boom!
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level 55
Dec 2, 2018
That's a real zinger!
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level 61
Dec 2, 2018
There's an apostrophe after "Zest" in the quiz... it looks like Zest'
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level 69
Dec 2, 2018
Please accept 'zorilla' for striped African animal.
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level 70
Dec 3, 2018
Zircon is not usually used as a substitute for diamonds, that would be cubic zirconia. Zircon is a gemstone that is often substituted for Turquoise especially for the December birthstone. Cubic Zirconia= Synthetic Material that looks like diamond. Zircon=Natural Mineral that can be cut into gemstones and used in jewelry applications. Zirconium=Natural metal (although it needs to be refined for purity) used in many applications (especially corrosive environments) including jewelry applications.
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