donkey

A donkey is a four-legged domesticated farm animal with hooves that's related to the horse. Donkeys are known for the braying sound they make and their long ears.

Farmers often keep donkeys for pulling carts, carrying heavy loads, or even for guarding flocks of sheep. In some places, donkeys are ridden like horses or kept as calming companions for nervous horses. The word donkey was first used as slang for the animal then only called an ass. It was probably modeled after monkey, with which it originally rhymed, from dun, or "a grayish brown color."

Definitions of donkey
  1. noun
    domestic beast of burden descended from the African wild ass; patient but stubborn
    synonyms: Equus asinus, domestic ass
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    types:
    burro
    small donkey used as a pack animal
    moke
    British informal for donkey
    type of:
    ass
    hardy and sure-footed animal smaller and with longer ears than the horse
  2. noun
    the symbol of the Democratic Party; introduced in cartoons by Thomas Nast in 1874
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    type of:
    allegory, emblem
    a visible symbol representing an abstract idea
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