Word of the DaySaturday, June 14, 2014
\ZEE-dongk, -dawngk, -duhngk\ , noun;
the offspring of a zebra and a donkey.
A zedonk, an unusual cross between a donkey and a zebra, is attracting attention at the Chestatee Wildlife Preserve in Dahlonega after being born there about a week ago.
-- "Zedonk: Zebra and Donkey Hybrid Born at Chestatee Wildlife Preserve," Huffington Post, 2010
"Lettered Creatures" is both abecedary and bestiary, from "Anteater" to "Zedonk" (my dictionary offers the felicitous alternative "zonkey").
-- Joshua Clover and Joel Brouwer, "Poetry Chronicle," The New York Times, 2005
This portmanteau is a combination of ze(bra) + donk(ey). It came to English in the 1970s.
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