Words starting with Z

Words that start with Z

List of things that start with the letter Z.

Zany zebras zipping around in zigzags at the zoo!

Photo of Zagreb
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Zagreb is the capital of Croatia. It has a population of around 1.1 million.

Zambia is a country in southern Africa. The capital of Zambia is Lusaka.

A zap is a sudden jolt of electricity. If you get a zap from static electricity, it might hurt a little.

Zebras are a relative of the horse, and they live in Africa. They travel around in large groups called herds. All zebras are black and white striped.

Scientific name: bos primigenius indicus

A zebu is a type of cow that has a big hump on its shoulders. They are better suited to hot climates than other kinds of domestic cattle.

A Zeppelin is a type of rigid airship originally designed by German Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin in the early 20th century. The Zeppelin design was so popular the name became used for all rigid airships.
The most famous Zeppelin was the Hindenburg, which crashed spectacularly in 1937.

Zero is a number that represents nothing. Most scales start at zero. Zero is the number between positive and negative numbers.

Zest is the outside, coloured layer of citrus fruit like lemons and oranges. It is used to add flavour to many different kinds of food. Zest is removed from citrus fruit using a special tool called a zester, or just with a regular grater.

Photo of a statue of zeus
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Zeus was the leader of the Gods in ancient Greek mythology.

Photo of a modern ziggurat
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A ziggurat is a stepped pyramid. They were mostly built as temples in what is now Iran and Iraq. The picture is of a modern ziggurat.