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  1. a saddle specifically designed for holding or supporting the load on a pack animal.
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Origin of packsaddle

First recorded in 1350–1400, packsaddle is from the Middle English word pakke saddil. See pack1, saddle
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  • No matter if camp had been just where Haught had last thrown a packsaddle!

    Tales of lonely trails

    Zane Grey

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for packsaddle


  1. a saddle hung with packs, equipment, etc, used on a pack animal
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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.).

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