I cannot seem to figure out how to make an upper-case, cursive letter Z, like the one on the left in this picture. By using a french cursive environment, I can get the lower-case z, but the upper-case Z is not what I am looking for. Anyone know how to get LaTeX to make this font/symbol?

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    This is really a question of having the correct font: not exactly a TeX question. – Joseph Wright Apr 26 '11 at 19:12
  • @Joseph: Aren't we usually accepting questions asking for a TeX font with a specific symbol? – Caramdir Apr 26 '11 at 19:14
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    If this is a font question, try WhatTheFont?. If this is a symbol question, try Detexify – Matthew Leingang Apr 26 '11 at 19:14
  • @Caramdir: my bad, I prematurely voted to close thinking it was a font question. Reading it again I considered it might be a symbol question. – Matthew Leingang Apr 26 '11 at 19:15
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    I tried Detexify first with no luck! – user5118 Apr 26 '11 at 19:30

You can find a number of font alternatives that get pretty close to your sample at the LaTeX Font Catalogue, Calligraphical and Handwritten Fonts. Here are some options (although some are of questionable typographically technical quality, i.e. not vectorized fonts that look pixel-y):

Z in different fonts

Lukas Svatba has even more options. For information on how to implement a particular font, see the respective page in the Font Catalogue.

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