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pack animal

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noun
  1. a mule, donkey, burro, or horse bred for vigor and hardiness and used for carrying heavy loads.

Origin of pack animal

First recorded in 1840–50
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Examples from the Web for pack animal

Historical Examples

  • She unsaddled one pack-animal and spread some blankets on the grass.

    The Forester's Daughter

    Hamlin Garland

  • He owned his own horse and blankets, sometimes also a pack-animal.

    The Fighting Edge

    William MacLeod Raine

  • The Indians were concerned only lest some pack-animal should fall in midstream.

    Mystery Ranch

    Arthur Chapman

  • A pack-animal carried our provisions, with a coffeepot and kettle, and three or four tin cups.

  • Then he turned his pack-animal into the wild hay in the pasture he had fenced off in the creek bottom.

    Mystery Ranch

    Arthur Chapman


British Dictionary definitions for pack animal

pack animal

noun
  1. an animal, such as a donkey, used to transport goods, equipment, etc
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