[ bur-oh, boo r-oh, buhr-oh ]
/ ˈbɜr oʊ, ˈbʊər oʊ, ˈbʌr oʊ /

noun, plural bur·ros.

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 confusedborough burro burrow
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/ (ˈbʊrəʊ) /

noun plural -ros

a donkey, esp one used as a pack animal

Word Origin for burro

C19: Spanish, from Portuguese, from burrico donkey, ultimately from Latin burrīcus small horse
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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."

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