the body of a dead person given the semblance of life, but mute and will-less, by a supernatural force, usually for some evil purpose.
the supernatural force itself.
a person whose behavior or responses are wooden, listless, or seemingly rote; automaton.
an eccentric or peculiar person.
a snake god worshiped in West Indian and Brazilian religious practices of African origin.
a tall drink made typically with several kinds of rum, citrus juice, and often apricot liqueur.
Canadian Slang. an army conscript assigned to home defense during World War II.
noun (pl) -bies, -bis
a person who is or appears to be lifeless, apathetic, or totally lacking in independent judgment; automaton
a supernatural spirit that reanimates a dead body
a corpse brought to life in this manner
the snake god of voodoo cults in the West Indies, esp Haiti, and in scattered areas of the southern US
the python god revered in parts of West Africa
a piece of computer code that instructs an infected computer to send a virus on to other computer systems
1871, of West African origin (cf. Kikongo zumbi “fetish;” Kimbundu nzambi “god”), originally the name of a snake god, later with meaning “reanimated corpse” in voodoo cult. But perhaps also from Louisiana creole word meaning “phantom, ghost,” from Spanish sombra “shade, ghost.” Sense “slow-witted person” is recorded from 1936.
Sexually appealing or arousing to males, esp in a plump and well-rounded way; curvaceous; built like a brick shithouse: zoftig, pleasantly plump and pretty/ The legs of the Red Suit are cut so high and deep, even the leanest female bum looks like a zaftig peach
[1937+; fr Yiddish, literally ”juicy”]
zona zona zo·na (zō’nə) n. pl. zo·nae (-nē) An encircling or beltlike anatomical structure. Also called segment, zone. See shingles. Contemporary Examples The article turned into a book, zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room. Geoff Dyer Discusses His New Book, ‘Zona,’ the Upside of Boredom, and Despair Josh Dzieza […]
- Zona fasciculata
- Zona glomerulosa
zona glomerulosa zona glomerulosa zona glo·mer·u·lo·sa (glō-měr’yə-lō’sə) n. The outer layer of the cortex of the suprarenal gland, just beneath the capsule. Historical Examples Most superficially is the zona glomerulosa, then the zona fascicularis, and most deeply the zona reticularis. Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 8 Various
- Zona hemorrhoidalis
zona hemorrhoidalis zona hemorrhoidalis zona hem·or·rhoi·da·lis (hěm’ə-roi-dā’lĭs) n. The part of the anal canal that contains the rectal venous plexus. Also called annulus hemorrhoidalis.
- Zona ophthalmica
zona ophthalmica zona ophthalmica zona oph·thal·mi·ca (ŏf-thāl’mĭ-kə) n. The occurrence of herpes zoster in the region in which the ophthalmic nerve is distributed.