equus asinus meaning

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  • Noun: Equus asinus
    1. A wild ass of Africa
      - African wild ass 
    2. Domestic beast of burden descended from the African wild ass; patient but stubborn
      - domestic ass, donkey

    Type of: ass, wild ass

    Part of: Equus, genus Equus

    Encyclopedia: Equus asinus

  • [Medicine]
    A family of hoofed MAMMALS consisting of HORSES,donkeys,and zebras. Members of this family are strict herbivores and can be classified as either browsers or grazers depending on how they feed.


  1. The English word " ass " ( meaning donkey, a cognate of its zoological name " Equus asinus " ) may also be used as a term of contempt, referring to a silly or stupid person.
  2. They were hunted in Syria, Anatolia, Mesopotamia, Iran, and Central Asia; and domesticated asses ( " Equus asinus " ) were imported into Mesopotamia, probably from Egypt, but wild horses apparently did not live there.

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