zephyro-, zephyr-

(Greek > Latin: west wind [Old English zefferus from Latin zephyrus from Greek zephuros])

zephyr (s) (noun), zephyrs (pl)
1. When capitalized, the god of the west wind: Susan read about Zephyr in her book about Greek mythology.
2. A gentle breeze or a slight wind (usually refreshing): The visitor was thankful for the zephyrs causing the thin curtains to bulge out from the open windows into her hotel room.
3. Any of various soft light fabrics, yarns, or garments: Daisy's mother used zephyr material to make a soft and lightweight gingham dress. It was the perfect summer dress for Daisy!
4. Something that is airy, insubstantial, or passing: The beautiful and colourful zephyr, or butterfly, was fluttering around the flowers in Jane's garden.
5. Etymology: from Greek mythology, the Greek god of the west wind.
zephyr cloth (s) (noun), zephyr cloths (pl)
1. A lightweight worsted fabric: Mrs. Smart looked for a dress made of zephyr cloth which would be good for the summer months.
2. A thin kind of cassimere (variant of "cashmere"): Zephyr cloth is made in Belgium and is a fine, downy wool growing beneath the outer hair of the Cashmere goat.

A soft fabric made of this wool or of similar fibers. It is also a waterproof fabric of wool.

zephyrean, zephyrian, zephyrous (adjective); more zephyrean. most zephyrean; more zephyrian. most zephyrian; more zephyrous, most zephyrous
Pertaining to, characterized by, or like a gentle mild breeze: The family was hoping for zephyrean developments in the weather so that their sailboat would finally make some headway on the lake!
Zephyrosaurus (s) (noun) (no pl)
A genus of a small dinosaur, the orodromine ornithischian dinosaur: Zephyrosaurus means "west-wind lizard" and was discovered in Lower Cretaceous, western USA (Montana). It was named by Canadian paleontologist Hans-Dieter Sues in 1980.
Zephyrus (proper noun)
In Greek mythology, the god who personified the west wind and was always mild and gentle in character: Zephyrus was presumed to be the courier or the messenger of spring and the gentlest of the winds.

Cross references of word groups that are related, directly or indirectly, to: "air, wind": aello-; aeolo-; aero-; anemo-; atmo-; austro-; flat-, flatu-; phys-; pneo-, -pnea; pneumato-; turb-; vent-.