beast of burden

an animal used for carrying heavy loads or pulling heavy equipment, as a donkey, mule, or ox.

1795–1805 Unabridged
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beast of burden
an animal, such as a donkey or ox, used for carrying loads

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Example sentences
Their only domestic animal and beast of burden was the dog.
Since they won't pull a wagon, caravans had to choose between wheels and the beast of burden best adapted to the desert by far.
All camel finds represent adult animals, which fit with a function as beast of burden.
To get her to the church on time, the bride chose a beast of burden.
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