pack animal


Definition of pack animal

: an animal used for carrying packs

Examples of pack animal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 This portion of the novel draws from an obscure chapter in history, involving the United States Camel Corps, a project of the U.S. Army that deployed camels as pack animals to support military operations in the arid Southwest. Francisco Cantú, The New Yorker, "Téa Obreht Reimagines the Western," 12 Aug. 2019 While pack animals are available for a fee, the only way down is via a helicopter (long waits often are necessary) or your own two feet. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Beyoncé was at Havasupai Falls at the Grand Canyon, and people are angry about it," 11 July 2019 Mules and horses The use of pack animals to carry hikers' gear in and out of the canyon is controversial, to say the least. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Hiking to Havasupai: How far is it, what's Mooney Falls like and everything you need to know," 24 June 2019 Texas coyotes are not the pack animals most imagine them to be, Henke said. Shannon Tompkins,, "Meet the coyote, one of nature’s great tricksters," 13 June 2019 In the past, of course, armies used the low-tech solution of pack animals to move their gear. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "The Overloaded Soldier: Why U.S. Infantry Now Carry More Weight Than Ever," 26 Dec. 2018 Their wrangler made the heavily laden pack animals run up the Canyon, then tied them to a railing with no water in the trough. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Incident with horse at Havasupai casts shadow on Arizona tourism," 10 May 2018 The service drops off and picks up mail at Hualapai Hilltop at a higher elevation, from where pack animals descend roughly eight miles to the village of Supai. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Incident with horse at Havasupai casts shadow on Arizona tourism," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of pack animal

1836, in the meaning defined above

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26 Sep 2019

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“Pack animal.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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