[ jen-it ]
/ ˈdʒɛn ɪt /
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a female donkey; a jenny donkey.
Also called Span·ish jen·net, gen·et . a small Spanish horse of the Middle Ages, prized as an ideal riding horse for nobility and light cavalry: now considered an extinct type, it was the progenitor of various modern breeds, most notably the Spanish jennet horse .
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Origin of jennet

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English, from Middle French genet, from Catalan, variant of ginet “horse of the Zenete kind,” from 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


genet or gennet

/ (ˈdʒɛnɪt) /

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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