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 (zā′tə, zē′-)
The sixth letter of the Greek alphabet. See Table at alphabet.

[Greek zēta, of Phoenician origin; see in Semitic roots.]


(Letters of the Alphabet (Foreign)) the sixth letter in the Greek alphabet (Ζ, ζ), a consonant, transliterated as z
[from Greek, of Semitic origin; compare Hebrew sādhē]


(Astronomy) (foll by the genitive case of a specified constellation) the sixth brightest star in a constellation: Zeta Tauri.


(Nuclear Physics) a torus-shaped apparatus used for research in the 1950s and early 1960s on controlled thermonuclear reactions and plasma physics
[C20: from z(ero-)e(nergy) t(hermonuclear) a(pparatus)]


(ˈzeɪ tə, ˈzi-)

n., pl. -tas.
the sixth letter of the Greek alphabet (Ζ, ζ).
[1820–30; < Greek zêta]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.zeta - the 6th letter of the Greek alphabet
Greek alphabet - the alphabet used by ancient Greeks
alphabetic character, letter of the alphabet, letter - the conventional characters of the alphabet used to represent speech; "his grandmother taught him his letters"
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The outlying villages, they say, are by them called {kappa omega mu alpha iota}, by the Athenians {delta eta mu iota}: and they assume that Comedians were so named not from {kappa omega mu 'alpha zeta epsilon iota nu}, 'to revel,' but because they wandered from village to village (kappa alpha tau alpha / kappa omega mu alpha sigma), being excluded contemptuously from the city.
The Executioner's Men: Los Zetas, Rogue Soldiers, Criminal Entrepreneurs, and the Shadow State They Created, 2nd Edition
Nace asi el ejercito privado de Osiel, bautizado como Los Zetas porque "Z" era el codigo utilizado por los soldados del GAFE para comunicarse entre si por radio.
Juanita del Carmen Rios Hernandez is the spouse of Mexican drug lord Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, a leader of Los Zetas drug cartel, who is jailed in Mexico and faces multiple federal indictments in the United States for narcotics and money laundering violations.
ON OCTOBER 7, 2012, Mexican authorities reportedly killed Heriberto "El Lazca" Lazcano, the leader of the Los Zetas drug cartel.
Washington, June 30 ( ANI ): A new, horrific footage shows members of a Mexican drug cartel beheading hostages from a rival gang Zetas, marking the latest act of violence in the growing war over drug-smuggling territories in Mexico.
A new report from Texas-based global-intelligence company Strategic Forecasting (Stratfor), which is based on data from the Procuraduria General de la Republica (PGR), said the Zetas have now established major operations in 17 states, surpassing the Sinaloa cartel in geographic reach.
Two fine 'Zeta' titles by Judy Carroll offer the unique account of an Australian Reiki instructor who has experienced contact with non-earthly beings she knows as Greys or Zetas from teen years onward, and provides some unique and powerful accounts of these Zeta beings, two worlds, and the spiritual messages these Zetas bring to Earth.
The Mexican government said it is investigating videos posted on the internet in which a gang of masked men vow to exterminate the violent Zetas drug cartel, and said it opposes such vigilante methods.
Anti-narcotics officials from the Mexican police and US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), said on Monday that intelligence reports had indicated the Gulf and La Familia cartels - formerly bitter rivals - had formed an alliance to fight the Zetas gang in the Mexican border state of Tamaulipas.
En tanto que la PGR y el Ejercito mexicano continuan peinando Tabasco en busca de Los Zetas, el brazo armado del Cartel del Golfo, un juez federal de Jalisco dicto, este 24 de julio, el auto de formal prision en contra de Mateo Diaz Lopez, originario del municipio tabasqueno de Cunduacan, y miembro fundador de ese grupo criminal.
According to Mexican Defense Minister Ricardo Clemente Vega, the Zetas have also recruited at least a handful of Guatemalan commandos referred to as the "Kaibiles"--a name borrowed from an ancient Mayan prince.