bur·​ro | \ ˈbər-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce burro (audio) , ˈbu̇r- How to pronounce burro (audio) ; ˈbə-(ˌ)rō \
plural burros

Definition of burro

: donkey sense 1 The farm boasted an array of animals including goats, a burro, geese, ducks, chickens and an Irish water spaniel named Mr. Dooley …— Dorothy and John Tarrant especially : a small donkey used as a pack animal … bought a burro on which to pack their kit. — Frank Norris Figures darker than the gloom approached and took shape, and in the light turned out to be those of a white man and a heavily packed burro. — Zane Grey

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Examples of burro in a Sentence

used a burro to carry the supplies
Recent Examples on the Web Now, wild horse and burro specialists at the field office will analyze the public’s input before rendering a decision. Anastasia Hufham, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 June 2022 In April, a wild burro died during surgery after being shot with an arrow. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 24 May 2022 Despite treatment from the veterinarian and other staff members, the burro could not be saved. Christian Martinezstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 5 May 2022 Bureau of Land Management Nevada Ben Noyes, a horse and burro specialist with the Bureau of Land Management, spots horses during the roundup. Jim Carlton, WSJ, 13 Feb. 2022 Cato's burro enrollado features an armlength Sonoran tortilla sobaquera stuffed with carne asada, avocado, melted cheese, tomato and green chile that's then wrapped in bacon and seared up on the flattop. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 12 Dec. 2021 One legend has it that the burro is thousands of years old and was the preferred food of Mesoamerians. Minerva Orduño Rincón, The Arizona Republic, 20 Nov. 2021 The gnats came for the dwarf Meyer lemon tree and the burro’s tail on the balcony. Jessica Roy, Los Angeles Times, 14 July 2021 Police said the driver was OK and added there have been reports of high burro activity on the Bullhead Parkway. Amaris Encinas, The Arizona Republic, 9 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of burro

1775, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for burro

Spanish, irregular from borrico, from Late Latin burricus small horse

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5 Jul 2022

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“Burro.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burro. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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bur·​ro | \ ˈbər-ō How to pronounce burro (audio) \
plural burros

Kids Definition of burro

: a small donkey often used to carry loads

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