jennet

or gen·et

[ jen-it ]
/ ˈdʒɛn ɪt /

noun

a female donkey.
a small Spanish horse.

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Origin of jennet

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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jennet

genet or gennet

/ (ˈdʒɛnɪt) /

noun

Also called: jenny a female donkey or ass
a small Spanish riding horse

Word Origin for jennet

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

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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