Zilla


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Zil´la


n.1.(Bot.) A low, thorny, suffrutescent, crucifeous plant (Zilla myagroides) found in the deserts of Egypt. Its leaves are boiled in water, and eaten, by the Arabs.
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TO cook by your fire and to sleep under your roof for the night," I had announced on entering old Ebbits's cabin; and he had looked at me blear-eyed and vacuous, while Zilla had favored me with a sour face and a contemptuous grunt.
And each time Zilla had looked sourer than ever and grunted more contemptuously.
It came to me that their behavior was like that of hungry dogs, and in the fitness of things I should not have been astonished had Zilla suddenly developed a tail and thumped it on the floor in right doggish fashion.
Zilla relaxed her sour mouth long enough to sigh her satisfaction.
He ceased, puffed at the pipe, found that it was out, and passed it over to Zilla, who took the sneer at the white man off her lips in order to pucker them about the pipe-stem.
Old Ebbits looked at me in childlike wonder, while Zilla sneered openly at the absurdity of my question.
It is the foolishness of the white man," snapped Zilla.
I shook my head in token of my ignorance, and Ebbits looked compassion at me, while Zilla snorted her customary contempt.
Always did Bidarshik journey in far places," Zilla interrupted proudly.
And always did he remember the salt lake as big as the sky and the country under the sun where there is no snow," quoth Zilla.
But there was no way to go to the white man's country," said Zilla.
And there was no way for him across the salt lake," said Zilla.