pack animal

noun

Definition of pack animal

: an animal used for carrying packs

Examples of pack animal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Of course, regular racetrackers found nothing unusual about this happening to a pack animal. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: Justify to remain Santa Anita Derby winner," 10 Dec. 2020 Being a pack animal means agreeing to a set of rules or expectations established by the pack leader, i.e. their human family. Cathy M. Rosenthal, ExpressNews.com, "Animals Matter: Dogs thrive living with their packs of humans," 28 Aug. 2020 The donkeys were also smaller than is expected of pack animals. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "This Tang Dynasty noblewoman loved playing polo so much, she was buried with her donkeys," 17 Mar. 2020 Some towns have been practically cut off, forcing residents to rely on pack animals and occasional passing cars to get to the nearest city. Anatoly Kurmanaev, New York Times, "From Nearly Free to Out-of-Reach: Gasoline’s Crazy Price Swing in Venezuela," 15 May 2020 Analysis also revealed stress on the bones that occurred when the donkeys were alive -- but not the kind of stress typically found in pack animals used for carrying heavy loads. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "This Tang Dynasty noblewoman loved playing polo so much, she was buried with her donkeys," 17 Mar. 2020 The bustling Tang capital was the eastern terminus of the Silk Road trade route, and donkeys were frequently used as pack animals. Michael Price, Science | AAAS, "‘Polo-obsessed’ Chinese noblewoman buried with her donkey steed," 16 Mar. 2020 William Taylor, an anthropologist at the University of Colorado, Boulder, who studies human-animal relationships, agrees the donkeys in the tomb were not simple pack animals. Michael Price, Science | AAAS, "‘Polo-obsessed’ Chinese noblewoman buried with her donkey steed," 16 Mar. 2020 Image Lurie and his pack animal fall in with members of the United States Camel Corps, and many adventures are had. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "Téa Obreht Follows Up an Acclaimed Debut With a Visit to the Old West," 9 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of pack animal

1836, in the meaning defined above

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22 Dec 2020

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“Pack animal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pack%20animal. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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pack animal

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pack animal

: an animal (such as a horse or donkey) that is used for carrying packs

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