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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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 These burros painted with zebra stripes on Avenida Revolución are where tourists delight in having their souvenir of Tijuana pictures taken with the docile animals. James Clark, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Meet the neighbors with Tijuana daytrip," 19 Apr. 2018 Mule deer — including the rare burro deer — and tortoises come to the area, about an hour east of Indio, for life-giving shade and occasional pools of rainwater. Louis Sahagun, latimes.com, "By ordering new land-use plan, Trump could spark a fight in California deserts," 16 Mar. 2018 All were hunted down and captured as part of the Bureau of Land Management’s wild mustang and burro roundup. Sheila Vilvens, Cincinnati.com, "The join up: When veterans and wild horses build trust with each other," 22 Feb. 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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The first known use of burro was in 1775

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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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