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onager

[ on-uh-jer ]
/ 藞蓲n 蓹 d蕭蓹r /
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noun, plural on路a路gers, on路a路gri [on-uh-grahy]. /藞蓲n 蓹藢gra瑟/.
Also called A路si路at路ic wild ass . a near threatened wild ass, Equus hemionus, inhabiting southwestern Asia and formerly distributed also through the Middle East and eastern Asia: the onager is one of the fastest mammals, able to run, and sometimes exceed, 40 miles (64 km) per hour, and, unlike most donkeys and horses, it has never been domesticated.
an ancient and medieval military catapult for throwing stones.
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Origin of onager

First recorded in 1300鈥50; Middle English, from Latin onager, onagrus 鈥渨ild ass,鈥 Late Latin also 鈥渃atapult, siege machine for throwing projectiles,鈥 from Greek 贸nagros 鈥渨ild ass,鈥 Late Greek also 鈥渃atapult, siege engine,鈥 alteration of 贸nos 谩grios 鈥渁ss of the fields, wild ass鈥; see acre
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British Dictionary definitions for onager

onager
/ (藞蓲n蓹d蕭蓹) /

noun plural -gri (-藢伞ra瑟) or -gers
a Persian variety of the wild ass, Equus hemionusCompare kiang
an ancient war engine for hurling stones

Word Origin for onager

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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