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pack animal

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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • With that, he was gone again, taking the pack animal with him.

    Brand Blotters William MacLeod Raine
  • There was one pack animal which, however, succumbed to the hardships of the route.

  • We have got a pack animal along with us, as you see, with our blankets and things.

    Redskin and Cow-Boy

    G. A. (George Alfred) Henty
  • He was with a pack animal at the time, leading it on a trail through a wood.

  • He knew now that it would not be possible to save the pack animal.

    The Pony Rider Boys in Alaska Frank Gee Patchin
  • Then he threw a stone at a pack animal that was delaying on the trail.

    The Virginian Owen Wister
  • The Spanish or Mexican mule, however, is better as a pack animal, than for a team.

    The Mule Harvey Riley
  • He saddled his riding horse and the pack animal, and set forth.

    The Rules of the Game Stewart Edward White
  • The wedge, the Hudson Bay, the forest ranger and the lean-to tent are all good models for pack animal travel, and easily erected.

    Packing and Portaging Dillon Wallace
  • Nur Mahal, having taken leave of them with her accustomed grace, rested in a small tent which was carried by a pack animal.

    The Great Mogul

    Louis Tracy
British Dictionary definitions for pack animal

pack animal

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