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An extension of Robert Recorde's naming system for mathematical powers presented in his 1557 mathematics book The Whetstone of Witte, from the root word zenzic.[1]


zenzizenzizenzizenzike ‎(plural not attested)

  1. (mathematics, obsolete) The sixteenth power of a number.
    • 1696 Samuel Jeake, Arithmetic surveyed or reviewed, reprinted 1701 as A compleat body of arithmetic, in four books ... has a table of powers; the sixteenth is abbreviated as ZZZZ—in full, "A Zenzizenzizenzizenzike or Square of Squares Squaredly Squared" (book III, part IV, page 272)


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