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[pak-sad-l] /ˈpækˌsæd l/
a saddle specifically designed for holding or supporting the load on a pack animal.
Origin of packsaddle
First recorded in 1350-1400, packsaddle is from the Middle English word pakke saddil. See pack1, saddle Unabridged
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  • No matter if camp had been just where Haught had last thrown a packsaddle!

  • Joseph seated sleepily, with his fur cap drawn down; the Virgin and Child resting against the packsaddle on the ground.

    Renaissance Fancies and Studies Violet Paget (AKA Vernon Lee)
  • packsaddle Jack said he didn't know for sure whether sheepmen were humans or not.

  • It certainly was good luck that we unbuckled the packsaddle straps before he left the vicinity.

  • And for each able horse, with a packsaddle or other saddle and furniture, two shillings per diem.

  • The girths of the packsaddle were cut loose, and the animal was dragged clear of the pack.

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
  • But they hunted him from pillar to post, and caught him, at last, in the bar-parlor of "The packsaddle."

  • packsaddle Jack and me finally decided to bill the cattle to ourselves till we got some further light on the subject.

  • When we woke up the sun was sinking in the east, at least I maintained it was east, but packsaddle Jack said it was in the north.

  • Then packsaddle Jack told about a bull-snake family he used to know in southern Kansas.

British Dictionary definitions for packsaddle


a saddle hung with packs, equipment, etc, used on a pack animal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for packsaddle

also pack-saddle, "saddle for supporting packs on the back of a mount," late 14c., pakke sadil; from pack (n.) + saddle (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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