Romanic The Last Letter Of The Teutonic, and most of the Slavic alphabets, the sixth of the Greek, and the seventh of the Hebrew, Phoenician, and Arabic. In English, French, and Portuguese, as well as in modern Greek, Polish, Bohemian, and Hungarian, it is simply a linguo-dental consonant, forming the feeble or sonorous counterpart of the sibilant S, the difference between the two resulting from the fact that in sounding Z the vocal chords of the glottis are used, while in sounding S they are inactive. In all these languages the regular sound of Z is that heard in the words zone, zebra, zinc. In the ancient Greek it had the sound of English dz, and was reckoned metrically as a double consonant. It was introduced into the Latin in the time of Augustus, and placed at the end of the alphabet. In German it is pronounced as ts; in Italian as ts and dz; in Spanish like th in think, but in Spanish America generally like s sharp. The Russians have two letters, one the eighth of their alphabet, representing our simple Z, the other the 23d, equivalent to ts. - As a numeral the Greek Z signifies 7; among the Romans Z stood for 2,000; with a horizontal line over it, for 2,000,000.