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African wild ass

[ af-ri-kuhn wahyld-as ]
/ ˈæf rɪ kən ˈwaɪld ˈæs /
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noun

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.

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Also called Af·ri·can wild don·key .

Origin of African wild ass

First recorded in 1730–35
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