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Any of several tropical American weevils of the genus Zyzzyva.

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


(Animals) an American weevil or small beetle
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His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Paris Review, and Zyzzyva.
Event volunteer Marcia Mills, who manned a table that offered extra letters for sale at the bargain price of $3 each, said one sneaky wordsmith had purchased more than a dozen letter Zs with the intention of skillfully finding a place on his board for the little-known word zyzzyva, which is a tropical weevil and also a word that could potentially give a team an unbeatable lead.
The players are also practicing online and learning words in a systematic way using special software for Scrabble word study called Zyzzyva," said Soneja.
One particularly helpful tool for learning Boggle words is the application Zyzzyva, which can be downloaded for free from http://zyzzyva.
She has published short stories and poetry in literary reviews from Another Chicago Magazine to Zyzzyva.
Since publishing its first Byliner Original, Jon Krakauer's runaway bestseller Three Cups of Deceit, last year, the company has released 31 titles-fiction and nonfiction written to be read in a single sitting-as well as e-books with valued publishing partners such as The Atlantic, McSweeney's, New York, and Zyzzyva.
MOHR's work has appeared in, among other places, The Christian Science Monitor, The Coachella Review, Word Riot, ZYZZYVA, Diverse Voices Quarterly, Eclectica, and various anthologies ranging from Chicken Soupfor the Soul to Workers Write
He trains using a specialist computer programme Zyzzyva, which sounds like a particularly bad hand in Scrabble, but which throws up sets of seven letters which players have to organise into high-scoring words.
His short stories have appeared in Fiction, the Kenyon Review, ZYZZYVA, Notre Dame Review, Connecticut Review, Stand Magazine (UK), South Loop Review, Ink Collective, Pittsburgh Quarterly, 3:am Magazine, Word Riot, Fringe, DJ Booth, and Denver Syntax, among others.
Gies' short stories and essays have appeared in Zyzzyva, Orion and The Sun, among other publications.
following journals: Hanging Loose, Puerto del Sol, and ZYZZYVA.