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Coined by Robert Recorde (as zenzizenzizenzike) in his 1557 mathematics book The Whetstone of Witte, from the root word zenzic.[1]


zenzizenzizenzic (plural not attested)

  1. (mathematics, obsolete) The eighth power of a number.
    • 1866 Charles Knight, The English Cyclopaedia: a new dictionary of Universal Knowledge, page 1045:
      From this and the word cube, various denominations of powers were formed, as zenzi-cubic for sixth, zenzizenzizenzic for eighth, &c., from which we are now happily delivered.
    • For usage examples of this term, see Citations:zenzizenzizenzic.


  1. ^ "Zenzizenzizenzic" - the eighth power of a number, Michael Quinion, World Wide Words, accessed 26/6/2010