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According to the Food Lover's Companion, "za'atar" (which is pronouned "ZAH-tahr") is the following:
1. A pungent, strongly aromatic herb with soft, dark green leaves. It's native to the Middle East and tastes like an amalgam of marjoram, oregano and thyme. In Arabic, za'atar means "thyme," and, to confuse matters, this herb is also called Syrian marjoram.

2. A popular, pungent Middle Eastern spice blend composed of toasted sesame seeds, dried thyme, dried marjoram and sumac. It's mixed with olive oil and salt and is drizzled over hot bread or used as a dip for bread. Za'atar (also spelled zahtar) is also sprinkled over meats and vegetables as a seasoning. It can be found at most Middle Eastern groceries.
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What is za?

za stands for south Africa

Why is the atar very important?

It pretty much determines what you will be doing in the next 15-20 years after the HSC, or even your whole life in general.

Is za a word?

ZA - Is Slang for Pizza it is not a word, And the SCRABBLE dictionary on Pogo.com like to claim it is a word but they use it as a word so people on SCRABBLE have more words to