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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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(ˈdʒɛnɪt) ,




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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(ˈdʒɛn ɪt)

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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Instead of falling, the cursed jennet was irritated, and carried him on more furiously than ever.
If ye see the laird, tell him what ye hear; tell him this makes the twelve hunner and nineteen time that Jennet Clouston has called down the curse on him and his house, byre and stable, man, guest, and master, wife, miss, or bairn -- black, black be their fall!"
A lay brother, one of those who followed in the train, had, for his use on other occasions, one of the most handsome Spanish jennets ever bred at Andalusia, which merchants used at that time to import, with great trouble and risk, for the use of persons of wealth and distinction.
It chanced on that very evening that Sir Nigel Loring, having supped before sunset, as was his custom, and having himself seen that Pommers and Cadsand, his two war-horses, with the thirteen hacks, the five jennets, my lady's three palfreys, and the great dapple-gray roussin, had all their needs supplied, had taken his dogs for an evening breather.
Jennet Treharne, defending Slade, said, "You asked the defendant to be a sperm donor for a child with your partner.
Jennet Treharne, defending, told the court: "It is clear the information came about as a result of the break-up of a relationship.
But before the hearing at Cardiff Crown Court was adjourned, Wagstaff's barrister, Jennet Treharne, convinced Judge Phillip Richards to relax the bail conditions to allow him to spend Friday night - when he is due to get married - at the hotel where the wedding will take place.
Jennet Treharne, defending Harding, who has seven court appearances for eight offences, including common assault, said: "He is somebody who is beginning to realise that taking drink and drugs results in him losing his temper, people being injured and him spending time in custody."
Jennet Treharne, defending Williams, said he was a 'hard-working family man' and that he sent tax returns to the Inland Revenue because he was 'wishing to remain as law-abiding as could be'.
Attanasio, who was represented by barrister Jennet Treharne, said nothing during the hearing before leaving on crutches.
Jennet Treharne, defending, described Royston as 'a victim of circumstances'.
Jennet Treharne, in mitigation, said French, who has no previous convictions but a caution for a sexual offence against a woman on a train when he was 21, was being closely monitored in prison because of his history of self-harming and because he was on anti-depressants.