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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Donkey  \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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  donkey 
  n  1:  the  symbol  of  the  Democratic  Party;  introduced  in  cartoons 
  by  Thomas  Nast  in  1874 
  2:  domestic  beast  of  burden  descended  from  the  African  wild 
  ass;  patient  but  stubborn  [syn:  {domestic  ass},  {Equus 
  asinus}] 




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