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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DONKEY

The Leopard Woman sat her donkey, and surveyed it all with appreciative eyes.

"It's Charley Channing that's the donkey; not me," cried Tod, fiercely.

The symbol of that influence was that ancient symbol of the humble and humorous—a donkey.

When first I saw the donkey I saw him in the sunlight as the unearthly gargoyle that he is.

"Well, we had some fun with the donkey, anyhow," put in Ned.

They cut the branches that held the ladder and the donkey came back to earth.

We can take that ladder to the woods near the sanitarium on the back of a donkey.

It was followed by a series of discordant brays from the donkey.

Now I think we had all better go back to camp and take the donkey with us.

Whether this caused it or not the boys could not tell, but the donkey did not bray after that.

WORD ORIGIN

1785, originally slang, perhaps a diminutive from dun "dull gray-brown," the form perhaps influenced by monkey. Or possibly from a familiar form of Duncan (cf. dobbin). The older English word was ass (n.1).

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