African wild ass

[ af-ri-kuhn wahyld-as ]

  1. a critically endangered wild ass, Equus africanus, inhabiting arid regions of the Horn of Africa and formerly distributed also through Sudan, Egypt, and Libya: domesticated and interbred for centuries, the African wild ass is thought to be the ancestor of the domestic donkey.

Origin of African wild ass

First recorded in 1730–35
  • Also called Af·ri·can wild don·key .

Words Nearby African wild ass Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023