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Either of two species of small, sturdy equines. Asses are 3–5 ft (90–150 cm) high at the shoulder. The African wild ass, or true ass (Equus asinus) is bluish gray to fawn; the Asiatic wild ass, or half-ass (E. hemionus) is reddish to yellow-gray. The half-ass differs from the true ass in that it has extremely long, slender legs, shorter ears, and larger hooves. The true ass has the alternating hee-haw bray. Desert dwellers, wild asses often inhabit regions that cannot support other large mammals. They are very swift runners. See alsodonkey.
Variants of ASS
ass or wild ass
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