dziggetai

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dziggetai Mongolian wild ass
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Dziggetai (Zoöl) The kiang, a wild horse or wild ass of Tibet (Asinus hemionus).☞ The name is sometimes applied also to the koulan or onager. See Koulan.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dziggetai 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 djiggetai and in other ways.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dziggetai dzig′ge-tī a species of wild ass, more horse-like than the others, inhabiting the elevated steppes of Tartary—prob. the hemionus (half-ass) of Herodotus and Pliny.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Mongol.

Usage

In literature:

There is also the "dziggetai," or "great wild ass," of Central and Southern Asia, and another smaller species the "ghur" found in Persia.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
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