jackass or ass
Looking for origin of jackass for mule/donkey. In middle ages they were referred to as ezels, how did jackass term come into being?
It's from the Latin, asinus. In the binomial nominclature, the species is Equus asinus (the genus is that of horses, the equine). The idea behind jackass is a male ass, a similar formation as "tomcat" for a male domestic feline.
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