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onager

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noun on·a·ger \ˈä-ni-jər\

Definition of onager

  1. 1 :  an Asian wild ass (Equus hemionus onager syn. E. onager) that usually has a broad dorsal stripe and is related to the kiang

  2. 2 [Late Latin, from Latin] :  a heavy catapult used in ancient and medieval times



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Origin of onager

Middle English, wild ass, from Latin, from Greek onagros, from onos ass + agros field — more at acre


First Known Use: 14th century


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