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[bur-oh, boo r-oh, buhr-oh] /ˈbɜr oʊ, ˈbʊər oʊ, ˈbʌr oʊ/
noun, plural burros.
a small donkey, especially one used as a pack animal in the southwestern U.S.
any donkey.
1790-1800; < Spanish < Portuguese, back formation from burrico ass < Vulgar Latin *burriccus for Late Latin burrīcus pony
Can be confused
borough, burro, burrow. Unabridged
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  • As you drive there, you might see some wild burros, or a bighorn sheep.
  • Some came with burros carrying the produce of the hills.
  • Chickens cross the road without anyone asking why, and campesinos on burros and horses trot along the shoulders.
  • In addition to horses, the group rescues abandoned burros, cats and dogs.
  • And the burros start with the best-in-town, oversized flour tortillas, made fresh on the premises daily.
  • Photos of wild horses, burros, and range conditions.
  • Videos of wild horses, burros, and range conditions.
British Dictionary definitions for burros


noun (pl) -ros
a donkey, esp one used as a pack animal
Word Origin
C19: Spanish, from Portuguese, from burrico donkey, ultimately from Latin burrīcus small horse
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Word Origin and History for burros



"donkey," 1800, from Spanish burrico "donkey," from Late Latin burricus "small, shaggy horse," probably from burrus "reddish-brown," from Greek pyrros "flame-colored, yellowish-red," from pyr (genitive pyros) "fire" (see fire (n.)). Or, for its shaggy hair, from Late Latin burra "wool."

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