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ZEDONK
(ZEE-dongk)

(n.) The offspring of a male zebra and a female donkey

Yes, there is such a thing, and "zedonk" is what you get, linguistically speaking, when you cross a "zebra" with a "donkey."

By the way, in case you need a synonym, the Oxford English Dictionary notes that you can use "zonkey" instead of "zedonk."

And while you'd be forgiven for assuming that a "zebrass" is the unfortunate result of sitting too long on certain lawn chairs, it's actually yet another name for this hybrid critter.

(If you're still curious about the various results of mixing donkey genes -- from asses to zedonks -- drop by MuleTrainer.com, (which helpfully notes, among other things:
"The father of our country, George Washington, was also the father of mule breeding in the Americas.")

"Yes, a lovely farm indeed, but would you happen to own any zedonks?"


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