Definitions for: Donkey


[n] domestic beast of burden descended from the African wild ass; patient but stubborn
[n] the symbol of the Democratic Party; introduced in cartoons by Thomas Nast in 1874



Webster (1913) Definition: Don"key, n.; pl. Donkeys. [Prob. dun, in allusion to
the color of the animal + a dim. termination.]
1. An ass; or (less frequently) a mule.

2. A stupid or obstinate fellow; an ass.

Donkey engine, a small auxiliary engine not used for
propelling, but for pumping water into the boilers,
raising heavy weights, and like purposes.

Donkey pump, a steam pump for feeding boilers,
extinguishing fire, etc.; -- usually an auxiliary.

Donkey's eye (Bot.), the large round seed of the {Mucuna
pruriens}, a tropical leguminous plant.

Synonyms: domestic ass, Equus asinus

See Also: allegory, ass, burro, emblem, Equus, genus Equus, moke

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