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[on-uh-jer] /ˈɒn ə dʒər/
noun, plural onagri
[on-uh-grahy] /ˈɒn əˌgraɪ/ (Show IPA),
onagers.
1.
a wild ass, Equus hemionus, of southwestern Asia.
2.
an ancient and medieval military catapult for throwing stones.
Origin of onager
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Late Latin: machine for throwing projectiles, Latin onager, onagrus wild ass < Greek ónagros (in both senses), alteration of ónos ágrios ass of the fields, wild ass (see acre)
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British Dictionary definitions for onagri

onager

/ˈɒnədʒə/
noun (pl) -gri (-ˌɡraɪ), -gers
1.
a Persian variety of the wild ass, Equus hemionus Compare kiang
2.
an ancient war engine for hurling stones
Word Origin
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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Word Origin and History for onagri

onager

n.

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).

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