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zàará1cfdiibie2fille/fillunbird (gen. term)1.6.1.2Bird
zàará2mod valreadyBa nɛ mɩ zaara na.I have already seen them.
zaarɛvto fly, to hover
zaarɩkokobienlittle African swift1.6.1.2Bird
Zagɩbelensowing season (roughly May)8.4.1.4.1Months of the year
Zagɩnɩɩŋnsowing season (roughly June)8.4.1.4.1Months of the year
zalɩŋna pile of calabash in a net that is hanging on something5.1Household equipment
zawʋranentrance room to compound, porch6.5.1.1House
zɛbɛɛadjfolded overƲ gɛrɩfehe ŋaa zɛbɛɛ nɛ.His pocket is (torn and) folded over.
zɛmbɛntreachery, treason, betrayal2Person
zɛmbɛ tɩɩnantreacherous person, tale bearer2Person
zigiliv1to panicDɩa nɛ tele mɩ nyuŋ zigili.A house colapsed and I panicked.7.3.1.3Shake2to shake, trembleTinteeŋ kala zigile nɛ.There was an earthquake
ziipun(Eng.) zip
zilvto respect sb., to show kindnessNɩalɩŋ ka zil kuoro nɛ woruŋ.The people respect the chief very much.4.3Behavior
zilen1honour, respect4.5.5Honor2kindness4.3Behavior
zinziŋadv.very heavyHɔɔla yuŋie zinziŋ.The metal is very heavy.
zɔlɔcf-gbaŋanumone hundred, one penny (obsolete)
-zɔmʋŋadjsfxgood, nice, beautifulhazɔmʋŋa very nice woman8.3.7Good
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.8.3.7Good
zuuadjlarge, heavy, clumsyNɛŋ la nyuŋ ŋaa zuu nɛ.The cow’s head is large and heavy.8.1Quantity
zuurivrespectBa kɛnʋ zuuri nɛ.They are showing him respect.4.5.5Honor
zʋaaadjvery weakƲ yaraa kala ŋaa zʋaa nɛ.His whole body is weak.2.5Health2.5.1Sick
zʋaa zʋaaadv.slowly, weaklyBɛɛ nɛ tɩɩ ŋ vɩvɛŋ zʋaa zʋaa?Why are you walking so slowly?2.5Health
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.2.5Health2.5.1Sick
zʋɔrɛvto light fireChol nyiniŋ a zʋɔrɛ yaŋ laGet some fire and light the grass.5.5Fire