A prodigious cock, which stands with its feet on the earth and
touches heaven with its head. When its wings are spread it darkens the
sun, and causes a total eclipse. This cock crows before the Lord, and
delighteth Him. (Babylonish Talmud.)
A chum, a comrade. (Italian zigno, a newt or little
lizard.) It generally- means un mauvais camarade, unless
otherwise qualified. (French argot.)
“Only the bon zig Rac.” —Ouida: Under Two Flags, chap xxv.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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