One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘she had a great zest for life’
enthusiasm, gusto, relish, zestfulness, appetite, eagerness, keenness, avidity, zeal, fervour, ardour, passion, love, enjoyment, joy, delight, excitement
verve, vigour, liveliness, sparkle, fizz, effervescence, fire, animation, vitality, dynamism, energy, buoyancy, brio, bounce, pep, spirit, spiritedness, exuberance, high spirits, high-spiritedness
informal zing, zip, oomph, vim, pizzazz, get-up-and-go
apathy, indifference, distaste
2‘the slice of lemon in a gin and tonic is there to add zest’
piquancy, tang, sharpness, tartness, flavour, flavouring, savour, taste, tastiness, pungency, spice, spiciness, relish, bite
interest, an edge, effect, potency
informal kick, punch, zing, oomph
3‘add the finely grated zest of an orange’
rind, peel, skin, covering, outer layer
technical epicarp, pericarp, exocarp
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