zeds

zed

[zed]

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

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Zed

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

zeds or zzzs (ˈzɛdz)
 
pl n
1.  sleep
2.  catch a few zeds to have a nap
 
zzzs or zzzs
 
pl n

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zed
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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