zeal n
[fr. L zel(us), fr. Gk zelos fervor; personified in Greek mythology as Zelos, the god of zeal or emulation; brother of Nike] : fervor for a person, cause, or object; eager desire or endeavor; enthusiastic diligence

zephyr n
[ME Zephirus west wind (personified), fr. L Zephyrus, god of the west wind, fr. Gk Zephyros, Greek god of the west wind] 1 : a breeze from the west 2 : any of various lightweight fabrics and articles of clothing

zephyr lily n
a bulbous herb, Zephyranthes grandiflora, of tropical America having red or pink flowers nearly three inches long


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