zest
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Part of Speechnoun, nounOrigin + Etymology
late 17th century; French; from zeste "orange or lemon peel," from obsolete zec "membrane around walnut kernel"
Synonyms
noun
energygustofervorpassion
noun
flavoringseasoningspice
Antonyms
noun
apathydullnessindifference
noun
blandness
Definition
nounkeen relish; hearty enjoyment; gusto
nounthe outer, colorful part of the peel of citrus fruit, like lemon or orange, used as a flavoring agent
Examples
nounA) She approached the prospect of mountain climbing with a greater zest than I had ever seen in her. B) The discussion continued with a renewed zest after he brought up his divisive opinion.
nounA) The recipe calls for a tablespoon of orange zest, but does that seem like a lot? B) Adding lemon zest adds the lemon flavor to the cake without overpowering it.
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