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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Donkey-pump an extra steam-pump
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Still regarded as slang in 1823. Perh. = dun-ik-ie, a double dim. of dun, from its colour; or from Duncan, cf. Dicky.


In literature:

Big domes and little domes, donkey-carts that jog, High stocks and low pumps and admirable snuff ...
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 153, October 31, 1917" by Various
Captain Barforth is having the hole closed up and has started up the donkey pump to keep the water low in the hold.
"The Rover Boys on Treasure Isle" by Edward Stratemeyer (AKA Arthur M. Winfield)
Of course you can have the pump, though you can't carry it up to 'Hardscrabble' donkey-back.
"Reels and Spindles" by Evelyn Raymond
A donkey pump was at the twenty-one hundred-foot station, with plenty of hose.
"The Comstock Club" by Charles Carroll Goodwin
You see, the donkey wouldn't work the pumps, for the coal and muck were sucked in.
"The Sea and the Jungle" by H. M. Tomlinson
In each boiler room are two donkey engines for supplying the boilers with water, and the main engines are also fitted with feed-pumps.
"The life of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Civil Engineer" by Isambard Brunel