Etymology
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za (n.)
U.S. student slang shortening of pizza, attested from 1968.
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zaftig (adj.)
"alluringly plump, curvaceous, buxom," 1937, from Yiddish zaftik, literally "juicy," from zaft "juice," from Middle High German saft "juice" (see sap (n.1)).
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zaibatsu 
1937, from Japanese zaibatsu, from zai "wealth" + batzu "clique."
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zakat (n.)
obligatory Islamic tax for religious purposes, 1802, from Persian zakat, etc., from Arabic zakah.
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zany (adj.)
1610s, from zany (n.). Related: Zanily; zaniness.
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zany (n.)
comic performer, 1580s, from French zani, from Italian zani, zanni "a zany, clown," originally Zanni, Venetian dialect variant of Gianni, pet form of Giovanni "John;" thus equivalent to English Jack. A stock character in old comedies, he aped the principal actors.
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zap 
1929 as a sound, 1942 as a verb; a comic strip word (especially from "Buck Rogers in the Twenty-Fifth Century"), of imitative origin. Meaning "erase electronically" is 1982. Related: Zapped; zapping.
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zapper (n.)
electrical pest-killer, 1970, from zap.
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Zarathustra 
from Avestan Zarathushtra (see Zoroastrian). Related: Zarathustrian.
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