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  1. (in the former U.S.S.R.) an inmate of a forced-labor camp.
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Examples from the Web for zek

Historical Examples of zek

  • How does Hankins know that 'Zek'el's livin' creeters means one thing more'n another?

    The End Of The World

    Edward Eggleston

  • No, my beloved and respected feller-citizen of native birth, it's as plain to me as the wheels of 'Zek'el and the year 1843.

    The End Of The World

    Edward Eggleston

  • Zechstein, zek′stīn, n. a deposit of calcareous rock which covers the Kupfer-schiefer.

Word Origin and History for zek


"Russian condemned person in a prison or labor camp," 1968, from Russian zek, probably representing a vocalization of z/k, abbreviation of zaklyuchennyi "prisoner."

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