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beast of burden

noun
1.
an animal used for carrying heavy loads or pulling heavy equipment, as a donkey, mule, or ox.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805
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British Dictionary definitions for beast of burden

beast of burden

noun
1.
an animal, such as a donkey or ox, used for carrying loads
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