Definition of onager in English:


Syllabification: on·a·ger
Pronunciation: /ˈänəjər


  • An animal of a race of the Asian wild ass native to northern Iran.
    • Equus hemionus onager, family Equidae. Compare with kiang
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    • In comparison with other Asiatic wild asses, E. onager is slightly smaller with a paler coat.
    • Related to the domestic donkey, the onager is an Asiatic wild ass which lives in the desert areas of northern Iran.
    • The stilt-legged horses, species that resemble the true horses but were more slender limbed, and resemble Asian asses, such as the onager and kiang.


Middle English: via Latin from Greek onagros, from onos 'ass' + agrios 'wild'.

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