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  1. a horse used for carrying goods, freight, supplies, etc.
  2. a person who works hard or bears a heavy load of responsibility.
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Origin of packhorse

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Examples from the Web for pack-horse

Historical Examples

  • The pack-horse was found near the camp; but Derosier did not get in.

    The Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, Oregon and California

    Brevet Col. J.C. Fremont

  • They drove a pack-horse, their supplies loaded on a sawbuck saddle with kyacks.

    Oh, You Tex!

    William Macleod Raine

  • Although he was described as a gentleman's steed, he had the manners of a pack-horse.

    A Wayfarer in China

    Elizabeth Kendall

  • The Dales were mounted and Ward was afoot and leading a pack-horse.

    A Virginia Scout

    Hugh Pendexter

  • A few days later Bob rode into town with a pack-horse at heel.

    The Fighting Edge

    William MacLeod Raine

British Dictionary definitions for pack-horse


  1. a horse used to transport goods, equipment, etc
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Word Origin and History for pack-horse


late 15c., from pack (n.) + horse (n.).

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