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yarborough A bridge or whist hand containing no face cards in the trump suit. Charles Anderson Worsley, Second Earl of Yarborough (1809-1897), who supposedly laid odds at one time of 1,000 to 1 that such a hand would not be dealt.
zany Outrageously funny, ridiculous. Zanni, a traditional clown who wears a mask with a long, downward curving beak in the Italian Commedia dell'arte.
Zeppelin A dirigible balloon. Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin (1838-1917), German general and aeronautical pioneer who developed the first balloon with propellers that was dirigible (directable).
zinnia A cultivated flower with a showy, rayed, variously colored flowers. Johann Gottfried Zinn (1727-1759), German anatomist and director of the Botanic garden of the University of Göttingen, where he described various species of orchids.
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