Definition of beast of burden in English:

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beast of burden

noun

An animal, such as a mule or donkey, that is used for carrying loads.
Example sentences
  • Ancient Egyptian art depicts this animal as their domesticated beast of burden.
  • The llama was domesticated as a beast of burden, while the alpaca was kept for its wool, and the guinea-pig for meat.
  • For many years, this intelligent and docile animal has been used by man as a beast of burden, circus performer, and even as a weapon of war.

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