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[bur-oh, boo r-oh, buhr-oh] /ˈbɜr oʊ, ˈbʊər oʊ, ˈbʌr oʊ/
noun, plural burros.
a small donkey, especially one used as a pack animal in the southwestern U.S.
any donkey.
Origin of burro
1790-1800; < Spanish < Portuguese, back formation from burrico ass < Vulgar Latin *burriccus for Late Latin burrīcus pony
Can be confused
borough, burro, burrow. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for burro
Historical Examples
  • And my burro sleeps beneath the wall, in the shadow of nodding roses.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • The donkey, or burro, as it is called, is to be seen everywhere in this country.

    Aztec Land Maturin M. Ballou
  • The old Indian cut off some strips of burro jerke and threw them on the coals.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
  • Bring up that third burro; I want to examine these fragments a little.

  • "Looks as if a burro had been here from the tracks," exclaimed Roger.

    The Forbidden Trail Honor Willsie
  • It seemed curious to Roger that the burro did not kick nor lunge.

    The Forbidden Trail Honor Willsie
  • Lennon glanced at the butt of his rifle in its sheath on the burro's pack.

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
  • "If you can pack a burro so well, pack her yourself, then," answered Walt.

    Pluck on the Long Trail

    Edwin L. Sabin
  • They were waiting; Fitz had unpacked the burro and was making camp.

    Pluck on the Long Trail

    Edwin L. Sabin
  • According to the tracks, the burro thieves had joined with this camp.

    Pluck on the Long Trail

    Edwin L. Sabin
British Dictionary definitions for burro


noun (pl) -ros
a donkey, esp one used as a pack animal
Word Origin
C19: Spanish, from Portuguese, from burrico donkey, ultimately from Latin burrīcus small horse
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for burro

"donkey," 1800, from Spanish burrico "donkey," from Late Latin burricus "small, shaggy horse," probably from burrus "reddish-brown," from Greek pyrros "flame-colored, yellowish-red," from pyr (genitive pyros) "fire" (see fire (n.)). Or, for its shaggy hair, from Late Latin burra "wool."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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