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What does zill mean?

Zill can variously refer to a type of finger-cymbal used in belly dancing, different fictional characters in popular culture, or the indefinitely large number, zillion.


Where does zill come from?

Examples of zill

Just came up with a fast casual concept to make me a zill dollars: Bow-Thai, a Thai restaurant but with bow tie pasta in all the dishes
@CocoDavies, April, 2016
I got some time to make a quick drawimg [sic] of Kayla painting the pattern of a Candy cane on zill ^^ I will be working on some more stuff involving zoophobia characters~!
Psychotic Raynn, Amino, December, 2017
For years I studied belly dance, and a little ballet here and there. I spent every waking moment thinking of dance, new combinations, refining technique, and cultural nuances between the different styles, properly educating myself on music, costuming, and learning how to play zills.
Annwyn Avalon, The Water Witch, February, 2018

Who uses zill?

Forms of the original Turkish word zil are used in Turkey, Middle East, and Mediterranean dance cultures for the instrument and their music. Among Westerners, zill (one cymbal) or zills (the usual pair) can be used among those who study, practice, or are otherwise interested in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dance tradition, particularly belly dancing.

When referring to a name from various pop-culture works, Zill is used by fans of the work. The name is especially popular in fantasy-based media, and outside of established characters and the fan-fiction and fan-art they’ve inspired, some fantasy fans will author their own characters Zill or style their usernames after it. Zill is also sometimes used in humorous reference to Godzilla (e.g., a ferocious zillmonster).

Online, zill is occasionally employed as a casual way to referring to an enormous, but unspecified, number, typically noted of money.

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