onager

[ UK /ˈɒnɪd‍ʒɐ/ ]
NOUN
  1. Asiatic wild ass
  2. an engine that provided medieval artillery used during sieges; a heavy war engine for hurling large stones and other missiles
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How To Use onager In A Sentence

  • Related to the domestic donkey, the onager is an Asiatic wild ass which lives in the desert areas of northern Iran.
  • Before the 20th century the region was home to several different species of gazelle, wild asses, hartebeests, oryxes, ibexes, dorcas and onagers. Mysterious Desert Lines Found To Be Animal Traps | Impact Lab
  • At last the scaffoldings of the lofty engines appeared: carrobalistas, onagers, catapults and scorpions, rocking on chariots drawn by mules and quadrigas of oxen; and in proportion as the army drew out, the captains ran panting right and left to deliver commands, close up the files, and preserve the intervals. Salammbo
  • In comparison with other Asiatic wild asses, E. onager is slightly smaller with a paler coat.
  • You play and you get some sense, e.g., of the visual and functional distinctions between trebuchets, mangonels and onagers. Playing with history
  • The catapults were likewise called onagers, after the wild asses which fling up stones with their feet, and the ballistas scorpions, on account of a hook which stood upon the tablet, and being lowered by a blow of the fist, released the spring. Salammbo
  • Guess that's why we don't see onagers running all over the place. WMAM After a Busy Weekend
  • In comparison with other Asiatic wild asses, E. onager is slightly smaller with a paler coat.
  • 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.
  • Today, only a few hundred individuals of the Persian wild ass subpsecies (E.h. onager) persist in Bahram-e-Goor in the Iranian portion of the hotspot, while another subspecies of wild ass, known as the kulan or Turkmenian wild ass (E.h. kulan, CR), survives only in a single population in and around the Badkhyz Nature Reserve in south Turkmenistan, just marginally outside the hotspot. Biological diversity in the Irano-Anatolian
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