zon·​key ˈzäŋ-kē How to pronounce zonkey (audio)
plural zonkeys
: a hybrid between a zebra and a donkey : zedonk
A zonkey is strong for its size and makes a powerful pack animal.John Strohm
Just call them Romeo and Zoo-liet: a male zebra hopped a fence at an Italian animal preserve to mate with his seemingly illicit lover, a female donkey. Their offspring? A zonkey, of course, which zookeepers promptly named Ippo.Time

Examples of zonkey in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her pet zonkey makes every brow furrow. Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2022

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Word History


z(ebra) + (d)onkey

First Known Use

1919, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of zonkey was in 1919

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“Zonkey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zonkey. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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