Definition of pack animal in English:

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pack animal

Pronunciation: /pak ˈanəməl/

noun

1An animal used to carry heavy loads.
Example sentences
  • They traveled on the jungle trails until they had to abandon the pack animals and continue on foot, carrying their supplies on their backs.
  • Prior to the arrival of the railroad, all freighting was done by wagon or pack animal.
  • He pushed open the gate of the donkey's stall, and led the pack animal into the main row of the stables.
2An animal that lives and hunts in a pack.
Example sentences
  • Dogs are pack animals and den animals, and very much creatures of habit.
  • All pack animals have a lead animal, in the case of dogs it is the alpha dog.
  • Oliver is a dog and dogs - being pack animals - are capable of forming relationships with humans premised upon a reciprocity of affection.

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Syllabification: pack an·i·mal

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