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1. A female donkey.
2. A small Spanish saddle horse. Also called genet.
[Middle English genet, from Old French, from Old Catalan genet or Old Spanish ginete, mounted soldier armed with a lance, horseman, both Old Catalan and Old Spanish from Arabic zanātī, belonging to the Zanata, from Zanāta, name of a confederation of Berber tribes famous for their horsemanship.]
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1. (Animals) Also called: jenny a female donkey or ass
2. (Animals) a small Spanish riding horse
[C15: from Old French genet, from Catalan ginet, horse of the type used by the Zenete, from Arabic Zanātah the Zenete, a Moorish people renowned for their horsemanship]
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1. a female donkey.
2. a small Spanish horse.
[1425–75; late Middle English < Middle French genet < Catalan, < Spanish Arabic zinētī, dial. variant of zanātī pertaining to the Zenete tribe (of Berbers)]
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A female donkey. Sometimes shortened to Jenny.
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