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

Definition of burro

: donkey especially : a small one used as a pack animal

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Synonyms for burro


ass, donkey, jackass, moke [British slang]

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Examples of burro in a Sentence

used a burro to carry the supplies

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Now, Lockie is gearing up for the Trainer Incentive Program, an adoption event by the Mustang Heritage Foundation in which trainers are matched with adopters or purchasers of horses and burros. Alejandra Reyes-velarde, latimes.com, "Horses and burros ride out two quakes and now are ready for adoption," 8 July 2019 Angius said the Black Mountains area can sustain less than 500 burros of 2,000 that call the area home. USA TODAY, "Summer snow, yellow jacket super nests, laundered cat: News from around our 50 states," 26 June 2019 Interstate 5 was a dirt road and our property was home to dogs, cats, birds, goats, sheep, and even a burro named Milton. Denise Davidson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Encinitas nonprofit trying to meet the ‘needs of the community, human and animal’," 26 Apr. 2019 Alaska has dog mushing, Colorado has pack burro racing, Maryland has jousting and Minnesota has ice hockey. Alejandro Lazo, WSJ, "Surfers vs. Skateboarders: The Fight for the Soul of California," 19 June 2018 About 73,000 horses and burros roam free in the western United States; that number has far exceeded what government officials say the land can sustain. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "191 horses dropped dead beside dry pond as Arizona suffers drought," 6 May 2018 Food specials include $8.99 for a Mexican flag chimi and $10.49 for a pollo blanco burro. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "2018 Cinco de Mayo events in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Sedona and more," 1 May 2018 Some here see northeastern Brazil filling the void, but there is ample resistance to the notion in a place where people have a special place in their hearts for the burro. Luciana Magalhaes, WSJ, "Brazil Debates Fate of Millions of Idled Donkeys," 7 Apr. 2018 As a test, a sample burro was brought to the local packing plant of Allen Pyle, killed and dressed, passed by the Board of health and distributed to various persons for trial. Johnny Miller, San Francisco Chronicle, "Naked Guy gets stark lesson in proper attire at UC Berkeley," 17 Jan. 2018

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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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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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