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jennet

[jen-it] /ˈdʒɛn ɪt/
noun
1.
a female donkey.
2.
a small Spanish horse.
Also, genet.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English < Middle French genet < Catalan, variant of ginet horse of the Zenete kind < Spanish Arabic zinētī, dialectal variant of zanātī pertaining to the Zenete tribe (of Berbers), after Zanātah the Zenetes
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British Dictionary definitions for jennet

jennet

/ˈdʒɛnɪt/
noun
1.
Also called jenny. a female donkey or ass
2.
a small Spanish riding horse
Word Origin
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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Word Origin and History for jennet
n.

"small Spanish horse," mid-15c., from French genet, from Spanish jinete "a light horseman," perhaps from Arabic Zenata, name of a Barbary tribe [Klein]. Sense transferred in English and French from the rider to the horse.

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