pack animal

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  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

Words Nearby pack animal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use pack animal in a sentence

  • If off-leash dogs are permitted, you should still keep a leash handy for when you pass other hikers and pack animals.

  • With his dark features expressing grim resolve, Bill threw a burden of considerable size on his best pack-animal.

    Mystery Ranch | Arthur Chapman
  • With the sweating pack-animal close at the heels of his saddle pony, Talpers rode for hours across the plains.

    Mystery Ranch | Arthur Chapman
  • 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
  • But, Mr. Ermine, how should I transport my heads back to this point with only one pack-animal?

    John Ermine of the Yellowstone | Frederic Remington
  • But being a true son of the open, he wanted to see the country; so he decided to travel horseback, with a pack-animal.

    Partners of Chance | Henry Herbert Knibbs

British Dictionary definitions for pack animal

pack animal

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

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