Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The wild ass of Asia, Equus hemionus, whose habits are graphically recorded in the book of Job, and which is believed to be the hemionus of Herodotus and Pliny. It is intermediate in appearance and character between the horse and the ass (hence the specific name hemionus, half-ass). The males especially are fine animals, standing as high as 14 hands. It lives in small herds, and is an inhabitant of the sandy steppes of central Asia, 16,000 feet above sea-level. The dziggetai or hemione is one of several closely related species, or more probably varieties, of large wild Asiatic asses which appear to lack the black stripe across the withers. Two of these are sometimes distinguished under the names of kulan (Equus onager), a wide-ranging form, and kiang (E. kiang), of Tibet. See onager, ghur, and khur. Also spelled
djiggetaiand in other ways.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) The kiang, a wild horse or wild ass of Tibet (Asinus hemionus).
- n. Mongolian wild ass
- From Mongolian чихтэй (čixtéi, "eared"). (Wiktionary)
“There is also the "dziggetai," or "great wild ass," of Central and”
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