Onager meaning

ŏn'ə-jər
(military, historical) A military engine acting like a sling, which threw stones from a bag or wooden bucket, and was operated by machinery.
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A wild ass (Equus hemionus) of Asia, having an erect mane, a light brown coat, and a dark stripe along the back.
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An ancient and medieval catapult, often employing a wooden arm with a short sling.
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A wild ass (Equus hemionus) of Asia, having an erect mane, a light brown coat, and a dark stripe along the back.
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An ancient and medieval catapult, often employing a wooden arm with a short sling.
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A wild ass (Equus hemionus onager) of central Asia.
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A catapult for throwing stones, used in ancient and medieval warfare.
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A wild ass, Equus hemionus, especially the koulan.
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Origin of onager

  • Middle English from Late Latin from Latin wild ass from Greek onagros onos ass asinine agrios wild agro- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Middle English from Late Latin from Latin wild ass from Greek onagros onos ass asinine agrios wild agro- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Anglo-Norman onager, Old French onager (“wild ass; siege engine"), from Latin onager (“wild ass"), from Hellenistic Ancient Greek ὄναγρος (onagros, “wild ass"), from ὄνος (onos, “ass") + ἄγριος (agrios, “wild").
    From Wiktionary