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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Ass \Ass\, n. [OE. asse, AS. assa; akin to Icel. asni, W. asen,
asyn, L. asinus, dim. aselus, Gr. ?; also to AS. esol, OHG.
esil, G. esel, Goth. asilus, Dan. [ae]sel, Lith. asilas,
Bohem. osel, Pol. osiel. The word is prob. of Semitic origin;
cf. Heb. ath?n she ass. Cf. Ease.]
1. (Zool.) A quadruped of the genus Equus (Equus asinus),
smaller than the horse, and having a peculiarly harsh bray
and long ears. The tame or domestic ass is patient, slow,
and sure-footed, and has become the type of obstinacy and
stupidity. There are several species of wild asses which
2. A dull, heavy, stupid fellow; a dolt. --Shak.
Asses' Bridge. [L. pons asinorum.] The fifth proposition of
the first book of Euclid, "The angles at the base of an
isosceles triangle are equal to one another." [Sportive]
"A schoolboy, stammering out his Asses' Bridge." --F.
To make an ass of one's self, to do or say something very
foolish or absurd.