[L. asinus.] An animal closely allied to the horse, inhabiting the mountainous deserts of Tartary and other parts of Asia. It is smaller than the horse, and has long ears, an upright mane, a tufted tail, a streak along the back and across the shoulders, and gives a peculiarly harsh bray. The tame or domestic ass is remarkably hardy, patient, slow, and sure-footed, and has become the type of obstinacy and stupidity. The skin is hard and elastic, and is used for covering drums, making pocket-books, parchment, etc. It is of asses' skin that the Orientals make a kind of grained leather called shagreen.