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onager

[on-uh-jer]
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noun, plural on·a·gri [on-uh-grahy] /ˈɒn əˌgraɪ/, on·a·gers.
  1. a wild ass, Equus hemionus, of southwestern Asia.
  2. an ancient and medieval military catapult for throwing stones.

Origin of onager

1300–50; Middle English < Late Latin: machine for throwing projectiles, Latin onager, onagrus wild ass < Greek ónagros (in both senses), alteration of ónos ágrios ass of the fields, wild ass (see acre)
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Historical Examples

  • The square towers were not covered by roofs but by platforms, so as to allow catapults or onagri to be placed upon them.

    Annals of a Fortress

    E. Viollet-le-Duc

  • The onagri hurled stones of sixty pounds weight to a maximum distance of two hundred and fifty paces.

    Annals of a Fortress

    E. Viollet-le-Duc

  • Two onagri sometimes hurled stones at the workmen; but they, well shielded and always in motion, were seldom struck.

    Annals of a Fortress

    E. Viollet-le-Duc


British Dictionary definitions for onagri

onager

noun plural -gri (-ˌɡraɪ) or -gers
  1. a Persian variety of the wild ass, Equus hemionusCompare kiang
  2. an ancient war engine for hurling stones

Word Origin

C14: from Late Latin: military engine for stone throwing, from Latin: wild ass, from Greek onagros, from onos ass + agros field
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Word Origin and History for onagri

onager

n.

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).

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