- a wild ass, Equus hemionus, of southwestern Asia.
- an ancient and medieval military catapult for throwing stones.
Origin of onager
Examples from the Web for onager
It has sometimes occurred to me that perhaps the skin was that of Job's onager.A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2
This is supposed to be of the same pattern which is called an "Onager" in the Latin books.Stories of Invention
Edward E. Hale
We then loaded the onager with the acorns, and moved homeward.The Swiss Family Robinson
Johann David Wyss
The skin that you have laid before me is the skin of an onager.The Magic Skin
Honore de Balzac
The wild ass and onager roamed in small herds between the Balikh and the Tigris.
- a Persian variety of the wild ass, Equus hemionusCompare kiang
- an ancient war engine for hurling stones
Word Origin and History for onager
Asiatic wild ass, mid-14c., from Latin onager, from Greek onagros, from onos "ass" (related to Latin asinus, but the ultimate source is unknown) + agrios "wild," literally "living in the fields," from agros "field" (see acre).