beast of burden

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

Origin:
1795–1805

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To beast of burden
Collins
World English Dictionary
beast of burden
 
n
an animal, such as a donkey or ox, used for carrying loads

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
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.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature