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zaaramod valreadyBa nɛ mɩ zaara na.I have already seen them.
zàarácfdiibie1fille/fillunbird (gen. term)
zaarɛvto fly, to hover
zaarɩkokobienlittle African swift
Zagɩbelensowing season (roughly May)
Zagɩnɩɩŋnsowing season (roughly June)
zalɩŋna pile of calabash in a net that is hanging down from somewhere
zawʋranentrance room to compound, porch
zɛbɛɛadvfolded overƲ gɛrɩfehe ŋaa zɛbɛɛ nɛ.His pocket is (torn and) folded over.
zɛmbɛntreachery, treason, betrayal
zɛmbɛ tɩɩnantreacherous person, tale bearer
zigiliv1to panicDɩa nɛ tele mɩ nyuŋ zigili.A house collapsed and I paniced.2to shake, trembleTinteeŋ kala zigile nɛ.There was an earthquake
ziipun(Engl.) zipper
zilvto respect sb., to show kindnessNɩalɩŋ ka zil kuoro nɛ woruŋ.The people respect the chief very much.
zilen1honour, respect2kindness
zinziŋadvvery heavyHɔɔ la yuŋie zinziŋ.The metal is very heavy.
zɔlɔcf-gbaŋabound numeralone hundred, one penny (obsolete)
-zɔmʋŋadjsfxgood, nice, beautifulhazɔmʋŋa very nice woman
zɔŋvto be good, nice, beautifulMɩ dɩa zɔmɔ, ŋɩɩ nɛ tɩɩ nʋʋkala kʋkɔ mɩ teeŋ.My house is beautiful, that is why everyone comes to me.
zuuadvlarge, heavy, clumsyNɛŋ la nyuŋ ŋaa zuu nɛ.The cow’s head is large and heavy.
zuurivto respect, to honourBa kɛnʋ zuuri nɛ.They are showing him respect.
zʋaaadvvery weakƲ yaraa kala ŋaa zʋaa nɛ.His whole body is weak.
zʋaa zʋaaadvslowly, weaklyBɛɛ nɛ tɩɩ ŋ vɩvɛŋ zʋaa zʋaa?Why are you walking so slowly?
zʋgʋlɛcflɩɛrɛvto lose weight, be sicklyBile bɩ waa, aŋ ka ʋ naaŋ kɛŋ luoruŋ, ŋɩɩ nɛ tɩɩ ʋ zʋgʋlɛ.The child had not been weaned yet, when his mother became pregnant again, that is why he lost weight.
zʋɔrɛvto light fireChol nyiniŋ a zʋɔrɛ yaŋ laGet some fire and light the grass.