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beast of burden

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

beast of burden

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