Words that Start with Z


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Words that Start with Z

This section will provide you with more information on the words that start with Z.

Interesting notes about the letter Z:

  • The letter Z is the twenty-sixth letter of the English alphabet.
  • It is a consonant.
  • It normally makes one main sound \z\ as in zebra and dizzy.
  • The Phoenicians used what looked like a horizontal capital H for their sound zayin, which might have stood for sword or another type of weapon.
  • The Greeks then used it for their letter zeta (Z).
  • The Romans took it for their last letter of the alphabet Z.

The following are a couple of examples of words starting with Z.


Animals that start with Z

  • Zebra:  any of several fleet black-and-white striped African equines
    • My favorite wild animal is the striped zebra because it looks like a horse.
  • Zebu: domesticated ox having a humped back and long horns and a large dewlap; used chiefly as a draft animal in India and east Asia
    • Most zebu have two tones of color on their fur. 

Places that start with Z

  • Zodiac:  a belt-shaped region in the heavens on either side to the ecliptic; divided into 12 constellations or signs for astrological purposes
    • The most well-known constellation of the zodiac is the Big Dipper, which is part of Ursa Major or the Great Bear.
  • Zoo: the facility where wild animals are housed for exhibition
    • Our class went on a field to the zoo today, and we saw lions, tigers, and bears. Oh, my!

Words that describe people

  • Zealous: marked by active interest and enthusiasm
    • My parents are sometimes too zealous when they attend my basketball games.
  • Zappy: (informal) lively or energetic.
    • It was hard to keep up with the zappy kindergartners. 

Words that describe an idea

  • Zillion: very large indeterminate number
    • She had a zillion ideas on how to decorate the holiday cards. 
  • Zany: ludicrous, foolish
    • It was a zany idea to try to keep the toddlers clean while they ate ice cream. 

Words that describe a place/event

  • Zenithal: relating to or located at or near the zenith
    • All the people below him seemed like small ants from his zenithal spot on the 95th floor. 
  • zonate: (biology) Having different colors, textures, or other patterns form a pattern of rings, bands, or stripes.
    • The zonate walls inside the buidling reminded me of the stripes on a clownfish.

Longest words that start with Z

Long words - Z

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