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moke

[mohk] /moʊk/
noun
1.
Older Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a black person.
2.
British Slang. a donkey.
3.
Australian Slang. a poor-looking, inferior horse.
Origin of moke
1840-1850
First recorded in 1840-50; origin uncertain
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moke

/məʊk/
noun
1.
(Brit) a slang name for donkey (sense 1)
2.
(Austral, slang) an inferior type of horse
Word Origin
C19: origin obscure
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Word Origin and History for moke
n.

"dolt," 1855, originally (16c.) "donkey;" of unknown origin, perhaps originally a personal name. In U.S., "black person," from 1856.

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