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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.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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This was Zillah, the stout housewife; who at length issued forth to inquire into the nature of the uproar.
He told Zillah to give me a glass of brandy, and then passed on to the inner room; while she condoled with me on my sorry predicament, and having obeyed his orders, whereby I was somewhat revived, ushered me to bed.
In a recent telephone interview, Kushner said he now has a "full drawer" of Zillahs adapted for productions that have taken place over the past 13 years.
Bright Room incorporates a series of photographic slides documenting the rise of Nazism; an appearance by the Devil and his red-eyed dog; visitations by Die Alte, a decaying, ghostly anima; and, most problematically for this play, a series of interruptions" by the contemporary American character, Zillah Katz.
A Jewish, thirty-something urbanite, Zillah has the responsibility to remain in the present.