Zest

Zest est, n. [F. zeste, probably fr. L. schistos split, cleft, divided, Gr. ?, from ? to split, cleave. Cf. {Schism}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A piece of orange or lemon peel, or the aromatic oil which may be squeezed from such peel, used to give flavor to liquor, etc. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, something that gives or enhances a pleasant taste, or the taste itself; an appetizer; also, keen enjoyment; relish; gusto. [1913 Webster]

Almighty Vanity! to thee they owe Their zest of pleasure, and their balm of woe. --Young. [1913 Webster]

Liberality of disposition and conduct gives the highest zest and relish to social intercourse. --Gogan. [1913 Webster]

3. The woody, thick skin inclosing the kernel of a walnut. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]


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