- 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 onagri
Historical Examples of onagri
The square towers were not covered by roofs but by platforms, so as to allow catapults or onagri to be placed upon them.
The onagri hurled stones of sixty pounds weight to a maximum distance of two hundred and fifty paces.
Two onagri sometimes hurled stones at the workmen; but they, well shielded and always in motion, were seldom struck.
- a Persian variety of the wild ass, Equus hemionusCompare kiang
- an ancient war engine for hurling stones
Word Origin for onager
Word Origin and History for onagri
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).