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  • n. Plural form of onager.


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  • 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.


  • Before the 20th century the region was home to several different species of gazelle, wild asses, hartebeests, oryxes, ibexes, dorcas and onagers.

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  • Related genera, such as the asses and onagers, are grouped together into "families" -- in this case, the Family Equidae.

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  • In the 19th century, thousands of onagers roamed Turkmenistan.

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  • In 1995-96 the Badghyz Reserve had about 7,300 onagers and this species was no longer considered endangered.

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  • While only 250 onagers were left at this time, in the 1980-1990s this species has shown a rise in numbers due to protection measures.

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  • Guess that's why we don't see onagers running all over the place.

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  • You play and you get some sense, e.g., of the visual and functional distinctions between trebuchets, mangonels and onagers.

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  • Students on two of the teams based their catapults on older designs called mangonels and onagers that used the tension of twisted ropes to store the energy used to propel the tennis balls.

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  • No. It was decided that for a few days they should be allowed to roam freely about the plateau, where there was an abundance of grass, and the engineer immediately began to prepare a stable near the poultry-yard, in which the onagers might find food, with a good litter, and shelter during the night.

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