Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of several tropical American weevils of the genus Zyzzyva.

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  • noun A tropical American weevil of the genus Zyzzyva.

Etymologies

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

[New Latin Zyzzyva, genus name, probably from Zyzza, former genus of leafhoppers.]

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From the name of the genus, Zyzzyva

Examples

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  • What a great word!

    June 27, 2007

  • Wow, it's real!!!

    June 27, 2007

  • That's what I said!

    June 27, 2007

  • Magic word of the century!

    September 13, 2007

  • A weevil genus, not an evil genius! See also: zyzzyx.

    September 15, 2007

  • A zyzzyva is a South American weevil, for whatever that's worth.

    January 17, 2009

  • Nice West Coast lit mag. I hope they're still around.

    April 22, 2009

  • They're still around

    http://www.zyzzyva.org/

    April 22, 2009

  • These weevils always have the last word.

    May 27, 2010

  • Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2010.

    September 29, 2010