- 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
She unsaddled one pack-animal and spread some blankets on the grass.The Forester's Daughter
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.
A pack-animal carried our provisions, with a coffeepot and kettle, and three or four tin cups.The Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, Oregon and California
Brevet Col. J.C. Fremont
Then he turned his pack-animal into the wild hay in the pasture he had fenced off in the creek bottom.
- an animal, such as a donkey, used to transport goods, equipment, etc
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