/on"euh jeuhr/, n., pl. onagri /-gruy'/, onagers.
1. a wild ass, Equus hemionus, of southwestern Asia.
2. an ancient and medieval military catapult for throwing stones.
[1300-50; ME < LL: machine for throwing projectiles, L onager, onagrus wild ass < Gk ónagros (in both senses), alter. of ónos ágrios ass of the fields, wild ass (see ACRE)]

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      (Equus hemionus onager), subspecies of the wild ass of Asia that ranged from northwest Iran to Turkmenistan. Pale-coloured and small, it has a short erect mane and fairly large ears. It was domesticated in ancient times but was replaced by the domestic horse and donkey. It now is found in limited numbers and may be approaching extinction. The name onager is sometimes used for the Asian wild ass (Equus hemionus). See also ass.

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