1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French zede < Latin zēta < Greek zêta zeta

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a male given name, form of Zedekiah.
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zed (zɛd)
US word: zee the British spoken form of the letter z
[C15: from Old French zede, via Late Latin from Greek zēta]

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Word Origin & History

c.1400, from M.Fr. zede, from L.L. zeta, from Gk. zeta, from Heb. zayin, letter name, lit. "weapon;" so called in allusion to the shape of this letter in ancient Hebrew. U.S. pronunciation zee is first attested 1677. Other dialectal names for the letter are izzard, ezod, uzzard and zod.
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Zed definition

1978. Software Portability Group, U Waterloo. Eh, with types added. Similar to C. Implementation language for the Thoth realtime operating system. Added a few simple types for greater efficiency on byte-addressed machines. String constants in case statements. Enforces the naming convention: MANIFESTS, Externals and locals. "Porting the Zed Compiler", G.B. Bonkowski et al, SIGPLAN Notices 14(8):92-97 (Aug 1979).

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Variants of the song exist to accommodate the zed pronunciation.
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