Zeph"yr (?), n. [L. zephyrus, Gr. , akin to darkness, the dark side, west: cf. F. z'ephyr.]

The west wind; poetically, any soft, gentle breeze.

"Soft the zephyr blows."


As gentle As zephyrs blowing below the violet. Shak.

Zephyr cloth, a thin kind of cassimere made in Belgium; also, a waterproof fabric of wool. -- Zephyr shawl, a kind of thin, light, embroidered shawl made of worsted and cotton. -- Zephyr yarn, ∨ worsted, a fine, soft kind of yarn or worsted, -- used for knitting and embroidery.


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