Dictionary: ZO-OPH'A-GAN – ZY-THEP'SA-RY

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ZO-OPH'A-GAN, n. [Gr. ζωον, an animal, and φαγω, to eat.]

An animal that feeds on animal food.

ZO-OPH'A-GOUS, a. [Gr. ζωον, an animal, and φαγω, to eat.]

Feeding on animals. – Kirby.


ZO-OPH'O-RIC, a. [Gr. ζωον, an animal, and φορεω, to bear.]

The zoophoric column is one which supports the figure of an animal.

ZO-OPH'O-RUS, n. [supra.]

In ancient architecture, the same with the frieze in modern architecture; a part between the architrave and cornice; so called from the figures of animals carved upon it. Dict.

ZO'O-PHYTE, n. [Gr. ζωον, an animal, and φυτον, a plant.]

  1. In natural history, a body resembling an animal and a vegetable, and once supposed to partake of the nature of both, such as madrepores, millepores, corallines, &c. – Cyc.
  2. An animal supposed, but in all probability incorrectly, to be composed very nearly of a homogeneous pulp, which is movable and sensible. Zoophytes have an internal cavity for the reception and digestion of food. Some zoophytes are naked and locomotive, and some have horny, or stony habitations, which they never leave, and which are shaped somewhat like leafless shrubs and trees, or like the skeletons of leaves. It is their habitations only, that have any resemblance to plants.


Pertaining to zoophytology.

ZO-O-PHY-TOL'O-GY, n. [zoophyte, and Gr. λογος, discourse.]

The natural history of zoophytes. – Ed. Encyc.

ZO-OT'O-MIST, n. [See Zootomy.]

One who dissects the bodies of animals; a comparative anatomist.

ZO-OT'O-MY, n. [Gr. ζωον, an animal, and τεμνω, to cut.]

The anatomy of all animals; the dissection of all animals for the purpose of discovering their structure, the functions of their several parts, &c. Zootomy is divided into anthropotomy, or the anatomy of man; ornithotomy, or the anatomy of birds; ichthyotomy or the anatomy of fishes, &c. The anatomy of brute animals, and more especially quadrupeds, is called comparative anatomy.

ZOR'IL, n.

A fetid animal, a mere variety of the Mephitis Americana, or skunk, found in South America. [In Sp. zorro is a fox, and zorillo, the whelp of a fox.] – Cyc.

ZUF'FO-LO, n. [It. zufolo, from zufolare, to hiss or whistle, L. sufflo.]

A little flute or flageolet, especially that which is used to teach birds. – Busby.



ZU-MO-LOG'IC-AL, a. [See Zumology.]

Pertaining to zumology. [This word should be written Zymological.]


One who is skilled in the fermentation of liquors. [This word should be written Zymologist.]

ZU-MOL'O-GY, n. [Gr. ζυμη, ferment, from ζυμοω, to ferment, and λογος, discourse.]

A treatise on the fermentation of liquors, or the doctrine of fermentation. – Cyc. [This word should be written Zymology.]

ZU-MO-SIM'E-TER, n. [Gr. ζυμωσις, fermentation, and μετρεω, to measure.]

An instrument proposed by Swammerdam for ascertaining the degree of fermentation occasioned by the mixture of different liquids, and the degree of heat which they acquire in fermentation. – Cyc. [This should be written Zymosimeter.]


A newly discovered Vesuvian mineral, whose primitive form is a cube, or according to some authors, a rectangular prism. – Journ. of Science.

ZYG-O-DAC'TYL-OUS, a. [Gr. ζυγοω, to join, and δακτυλος, a finger.]

Having the toes disposed in pairs; distinguishing an order of fowls which have the feet furnished with two toes before and two behind, as, the parrot, woodpecker, &c. – Ed. Encyc.

ZYG-O-MAT'IC, a. [Gr. ζευγμα, a joining.]

Pertaining to a bone of the head, called also os jugale, or cheek bone, or to the bony arch under which the temporal muscle passes. The term zygoma is applied both to the bone and the arch. – Cyc. Zygomatic arch. [See Zygomatic.] Zygomatic bone, the cheek bone. Zygomatic muscles, two muscles of the face, which rise from the zygomatic bone, and are inserted into the corner of the mouth. Zygomatic processes, the processes of the temporal and cheek bones, which unite to form the zygomatic arch. Zygomatic suture, the suture which joins the zygomatic processes of the temporal and cheek bones. – Parr.


A supposed compound of the imaginary zymic acid with a base. As there is no such acid there can be no such salt.

ZYM'IC-A'CID, or ZU'MIC-A'CID, n. [Gr. ζυμη, ferment.]

A supposed peculiar acid obtained by the acetous fermentation of vegetable substances. No such peculiar acid exists.

ZYM'OME, or ZIM'OME, n. [Gr. ζυμη.]

One of the supposed proximate principles of the gluten of wheat. It is a tough substance insoluble in alcohol. There are doubts as respects the existence of zymome as a truly distinct substance.


A brewery, or brew-house.