Sunday, June 4, 2006

What is an Onager?

on·a·ger (n-jr) n. 1. A fast-running wild ass (Equus hemionus subsp. onager) of central Asia, having an erect mane and a broad black stripe along its back. 2. An ancient and medieval stone-propelling siege engine. [Middle English, from Late Latin, from Latin, wild ass, from Greek onagros : onos, ass + agrios, wild; see agro- in Indo-European roots.] hm();Sources=Sources | 2; The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2003. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved. Definitions and drawings from the Online Free Dictionary.

ThesaurusLegend:  Synonyms Related Words Antonyms Noun 1. onageronager - medieval artillery used during sieges; a heavy war engine for hurling large stones and other missiles
arbalest, arbalist, ballista, bricole, mangonel, trebuchet, trebucket, catapult artillery, heavy weapon, ordnance, gun - large but transportable armament 2. onageronager - Asiatic wild ass Equus hemionus wild ass - any of several plain-colored equine mammals of Asia and northeast Africa chigetai, dziggetai, Equus hemionus hemionus - Mongolian wild ass.


OnagerEditions will soon have a list of chapbooks and pamphlets from various authors. Presently only publications by Stephen Poleskie are available from When one of Poleskie's friends asked him recently "just who is this Mr. Onager who is publishing all your pamphlets?" he instructed me to me to explain that there was no Mr. Onager, and to put up this entry for those who do not know what an onager is. You are left to your own devices to figure out why founder Poleskie chose OnagerEditions for title of his press. The last press he had was named Chiron Press. This was in New York City in the 1960s on the LowerEast Side, and did screen printing for artists such as Robert Indiana, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, and magazines like the Paris Review. You can learn more about Poleskie's activities by clicking on his blog in the panel on your left. 

Sidney Grayling, Editor

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