Definitions for onagerˈɒn ə dʒər; -ˌgraɪ
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on•a•gerˈɒn ə dʒər; -ˌgraɪ(n.)(pl.)-gers; -gri
a wild ass, Equus hemionus, of SW Asia.
a military catapult used in ancient and medieval times for throwing stones.
Origin of onager:
1300–50; ME < LL: machine for throwing projectiles, L wild ass < Gk ónagros (in both senses), alter. of ónos ágrios ass of the fields, wild ass (see acre )
catapult, arbalest, arbalist, ballista, bricole, mangonel, onager, trebuchet, trebucket(noun)
an engine that provided medieval artillery used during sieges; a heavy war engine for hurling large stones and other missiles
onager, Equus hemionus(noun)
Asiatic wild ass
A wild ass, Equus hemionus, especially the koulan.
A military engine acting like a sling, which threw stones from a bag or wooden bucket, and was operated by machinery.
Origin: From onager, onager, from onager, from Hellenistic ὄναγρος, from ὄνος + ἄγριος.
The onager is a large member of the genus Equus of the family Equidae native to the deserts of Syria, Iran, Pakistan, India, Israel, and Tibet. It is also known as the Asiatic wild ass, Asian wild ass, or wild Asian ass. Like many other large grazing animals, the onager's range has contracted greatly under the pressures of poaching and habitat loss. Of the five subspecies, one is extinct and at least two are endangered. The kiang, a Tibetan relative, was previously considered to be a subspecies of the onager as E. hemionus kiang, but recent molecular studies indicate that it is a distinct species. The specific name is Ancient Greek ἡμίονος, from ἡμι-, half, and ὄνος, donkey; thus, half-donkey or mule. In Persian the archaic word gur preserves the second syllable of the common Indo-European term that includes ona/ono and ger/gur. Onagers are a little larger than donkeys at about 290 kilograms and 2.1 metres, and are a little more horse-like. They are short-legged compared to horses, and their coloring varies depending on the season. They are generally reddish-brown in color during the summer, becoming yellowish-brown in the winter months. They have a black stripe bordered in white that extends down the middle of the back.
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