Pronunciation: (dong'kē, dông'-, dung'-), [key]
—n., pl. -keys,
1. the domestic ass, Equus asinus.
2. (since 1874) a representation of this animal as the emblem of the U.S. Democratic party.
3. a stupid, silly, or obstinate person.
4. a woodworking apparatus consisting of a clamping frame and saw, used for cutting marquetry veneers.
Mach.auxiliary: donkey engine; donkey pump; donkey boiler.
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