donkey engine

noun

Definition of donkey engine

1 : a small usually portable auxiliary engine
2 : a small locomotive used in switching

First Known Use of donkey engine

1858, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Donkey engine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/donkey%20engine. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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