Meaning of ASS in English



or wild ass

Either of two species of small, sturdy equines .

Asses are 3–5 ft (90–150 cm) high at the shoulder. The African wild ass, or true ass ( Equus asinus ) is bluish gray to fawn; the Asiatic wild ass, or half-ass ( E. hemionus ) is reddish to yellow-gray. The half-ass differs from the true ass in that it has extremely long, slender legs, shorter ears, and larger hooves. The true ass has the alternating "hee-haw" bray. Desert dwellers, wild asses often inhabit regions that cannot support other large mammals. They are very swift runners. See also donkey .

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