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A derogatory term used in reference to people of Asian descent.

It is said to have been coined during the Korean war by frontline troops whom had run over enemy troops in jeeps.

The soldiers claimed that the tire tracks from the jeeps left a pattern resembling that of a closed zipper along the corpse.
Damn, look at all the zipperheads here, it's like they've just taken over.
by Chris The Almighty January 24, 2006
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A racial slur referring to people of East Asian descent, coined by US soldiers during the Korean War. There are multiple proposed origins, but the most commonly accepted is that it if enemy Asian soldiers were shot in the head with high-powered weapons, their heads would split as if they had been "unzipped". Another origin could be that when enemy soldiers were ran over by military Jeeps, there would be tire tracks on them that resembled zippers. It's violent origin makes it a particularly derogatory pejorative.

It is often shortened to zip, though zip as a racial pejorative may have separate origins of its own
Veteran Joe: "Those goddamn zipperheads are taking over our neighborhoods and stealing our jobs!"
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Coined during the korean war and became widely popular during the vietnam war. Referring to the way the head of an asian enemy tended to split open when shot in the middle of the forehead. This splitting is due to the frontal skull suture found in mongoloid bone structure. massive directed trauma to the forehead will often cause the skull to split along the suture line causing the head to appear as if opened by a zipper.
The zipperheads were overrunning our position.
by jreb333 February 26, 2011
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