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  1. zyzzyva(Noun)

    A tropical American weevil of the genus Zyzzyva.

  2. Origin: From the name of the genus, Zyzzyva

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  1. Zyzzyva

    Zyzzyva is a genus of tropical American weevil often found in association with palms. It is a snouted beetle. "Zyzzyva" is the last word in many English-language dictionaries. The yellowish weevil is no longer than an ant. It was first discovered in 1922 in Brazil, and named by an Irishman Thomas Lincoln Casey, Jr. An entomologist at New York's Museum of Natural History thought that, because there was not a Latin name or Brazilian name associated with this weevil, it was probably named Zyzzyva as a practical joke to place it in a prominent ending position in many guides and manuals. Thomas Casey describes Zyzzyva ochreotecta in his book Memoirs on the Coleoptera, Volume 10: He collected only one specimen.

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