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yttrium a metallic chemical element that has thirty-nine protons in each nucleus and that occurs as a trivalent ion. (symbol: Y)
yuan the chief monetary unit of the People's Republic of China, equaling ten jiao, or one hundred fen; renminbi. [2 definitions]
yucca any of a group of tall plants that grow mainly in warm, dry regions, bear white, lilylike flowers atop a thick stem, and have stiff, pointed leaves.
Yugoslav a native or citizen of present or former Yugoslavia, or a descendant thereof; Yugoslavian. [2 definitions]
Yugoslavia formerly, a southeastern European country on the Adriatic Sea, south of Austria and Hungary, presently divided into Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, and Yugoslavia, all independent republics.
Yukon a territory of northwestern Canada. [2 definitions]
Yukon River a river that flows from the Yukon territory in Canada through central Alaska to the Bering Sea.
yule (sometimes cap.) Christmas or the Christmas season.
yule log a large log that traditionally formed the foundation of the Christmas Eve fire.
yuletide (sometimes cap.) the Christmas holiday season. [2 definitions]
yummy (informal) very tasty or otherwise pleasing to the senses.
yum-yum delicious; tasty; excellent (used to express pleasure, esp. in the taste of food).
yuppie (informal) any young urban professional who is ambitious, upwardly mobile, materialistic, faddish, or the like.
yurt a movable round tent of skins or felt, used esp. by nomads in parts of Asia.
YWCA abbreviation of "Young Women's Christian Association."
YWHA abbreviation of "Young Women's Hebrew Association."
z the twenty-sixth and last letter of the English alphabet. [3 definitions]
Zagreb the capital of Croatia.
Zaire a central African country from 1971 to 1997, now called the Democratic Republic of the Congo. [2 definitions]
zaire the chief monetary unit of Zaire, equaling one hundred makuta.
Zakynthos an island belonging to Greece, the third largest in the Ionian Sea.