onager


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Onager \On"a*ger\, n.; pl. L. Onagri, E. Onagers. [L.
   onager, onagrus, Gr. ?.]
   1. (Rom. Antiq.) A military engine acting like a sling, which
      threw stones from a bag or wooden bucket, and was operated
      by machinery. --Fairholt.
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   2. (Zool.) A wild ass of central Asia, especially the
      koulan (Equus hemionus syn. Equus hemippus syn.
      Equus onager, formely Asinus onager).
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Koulan \Kou"lan\, n. [Native name.] (Zool.)
   A wild horse (Equus onager or Asinus onager) inhabiting
   the plains of Central Asia; -- called also gour, khur,
   and onager. [Written also kulan.]
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   Note: It is sometimes confounded with the dziggetai, to which
         it is closely related. It is gray in winter, but
         fulvous in summer. It has a well defined, dark, dorsal
         stripe, and a short, erect mane. In size, it is
         intermediate between the horse and ass.
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