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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used a burro to carry the supplies
Recent Examples on the Web South Dakota — Blue Bell Campground, Custer State Park Spot pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep, elk, burros and bison inside this scenic state park, where the herd numbers about 1,300 and the annual roundup draws crowds. Sarah Feldberg, Travel + Leisure, "The Best Place to Camp in Each of the 50 States," 24 Feb. 2017 The well-digging behavior of feral mustangs and burros in the American West most likely echoes the original American horses, which died out about 12,000 years ago. Asher Elbein, New York Times, "Pablo Escobar’s Hippos Fill a Hole Left Since Ice Age Extinctions," 26 Mar. 2020 Pendley said he was encouraged by the fact the agency adopted out more than 7,000 mustangs and burros captured last year — the most in 15 years — which helps free space in overcrowded government corrals to accelerate roundups. Scott Sonner, The Denver Post, "Dems in Congress demand update on Interior’s wild horse plans," 27 Oct. 2019 Just past the 1-mile point, the trail crosses an earthen dam that contains a stock tank frequented by native wildlife and feral burros that live in the area. Jill Cassidy, azcentral, "Hells Canyon Wilderness hike near Phoenix feels a million miles away. Here's how to do it," 7 Feb. 2020 The Sun reports the number of mustangs and mares in captivity nearly equals the estimated 48,300 on the range in Nevada, a state with more than half the U.S. wild horse and burro population. USA TODAY, "Charlottesville remembered, drive-thru ban, ketchup karma: News from around our 50 states," 13 Aug. 2019 There are now about 100,000 wild horses and burros on public lands — more than at any time since the days of the Old West. Dave Philipps, BostonGlobe.com, "A mustang crisis looms in the West," 22 Mar. 2020 McDougall insists this flatulent burro attempting to punt me across the stalks is actually having a grand time. Sean Gregory, Time, "Chris McDougall Helped Spark the Barefoot Running Craze. Now He's Racing With Donkeys.," 11 Oct. 2019 The center argues that eliminating all cows, horses, and burros from riparian areas on public lands is the best way to mitigate the documented damage. Erin Stone, azcentral, "Environmental group threatens lawsuit over cattle grazing along Arizona's Verde River," 17 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of burro was in 1775

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2 Jun 2020

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“Burro.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burro. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of burro

chiefly US : a small donkey


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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