Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An ancient Hebrew silver coin.

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  • n. An ancient Hebrew silver coin, one quarter of a shekel.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Mishnaic Hebrew zûz, from Aramaic, from Akkadian zūzu, half, division, unit of weight, from zâzu, to divide; see ḏwḏ2 in Semitic roots.

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Hebrew זוז (zûz), from Aramaic.

Examples

  • It's got lots of synthy zuz-zuz-zuz and electro-grooves, and despite a co-star list that D.W. Griffith would be proud of, the production seems too monogamous when a little infidelity might have jazzed things up a bit.

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  • In a similar vein it is said of her sons that “one of them could carry two sides of a huge ox which cost one thousand zuz and walk with them, heel to toe [up the altar ramp to the altar] …” (BT Sukkah 52b).

    Martha, daughter of Boethus.

  • Ikkar ketubbah (the “main” sum of the ketubbah): to pay his wife the sum of 200 zuz (if she was a virgin when they married) or 100 zuz (if she was not a virgin, e.g. if she was a widow or divorcée), in the event that he divorces her.

    Marriage.

  • He said to him [R. Akiva]: “Rabbi, shall I give one such as this four hundred zuz?”

    Akiva, Rabbi.

  • It once happened that a man uncovered the head of a woman in the marketplace, she came before R. Akiva, and he obligated him to give her four hundred zuz [denarri; a denarius was half a biblical shekel].

    Akiva, Rabbi.

  • The obligation of the father to provide a minimum dowry (fifty zuz) compensated her for the loss of inheritance (Mishnah Ketubbot 6: 5).

    Legal-Religious Status of the Married Woman.

  • But now a penny and zuz are the same: "They call pence, in the language of the Gemara, zuzim."

    From the Talmud and Hebraica

  • The former knot you may thus untie: that zuz, among the Jews, is called also

    From the Talmud and Hebraica

  • Let this be noted by the way; a meah, which, as Maimonides before testifies, was anciently called a gerah, was also commonly called zuz, in the

    From the Talmud and Hebraica

  • "Ziz-zy, zuz-zy, zik!" said Dorothy, who was now standing on both feet.

    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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  • 1. A piece of parchment bearing the Decalogue and attached to the doorpost - in use among orthodox Hebrews.

    2. An ancient silver coin = 1/4 of a shekel.

    According to Chris Cole in Wordplay, the longest (with one other, q.v., ziz) "uncommon word" palindrome beginning with letter 'z'.

    June 2, 2008