packhorse

noun
pack·​horse | \ ˈpak-ˌhȯrs How to pronounce packhorse (audio) \

Definition of packhorse

: a horse used as a pack animal

Examples of packhorse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Foot and packhorse traffic through the pass peaked around A.D. 1000, in the Viking Age, when mobility and trade were at a height in Europe, the researchers write. Tom Metcalfe, Scientific American, "Melting Ice Reveals a “Lost” Viking-Era Pass in Norway’s Mountains," 16 Apr. 2020 The packhorse was Witt—the same kid who was spotted after his team’s state semifinal win in June picking up trash in the dugout. Joan Niesen, SI.com, "Bobby Witt Jr. Wins Gatorade's 2019 National Male Athlete of the Year," 10 July 2019 Ted DeGrazia rode into the Superstition Mountains, a string of packhorses in tow. Ron Dungan, azcentral, "The story behind Ted DeGrazia and how he became a famous Arizona artist," 16 Jan. 2016 Unlike many New Deal projects, the packhorse plan required help from locals. Eliza Mcgraw, Smithsonian, "Horse-Riding Librarians Were the Great Depression’s Bookmobiles," 21 June 2017 The Department of Justice countersued, producing evidence dating back more than a century showing that the public and the government consistently used the trail for packhorses and hike-ins. Monte Reel, Bloomberg.com, "This Land Is No Longer Your Land," 27 Oct. 2017 Unlike many New Deal projects, the packhorse plan required help from locals. Eliza Mcgraw, Smithsonian, "Horse-Riding Librarians Were the Great Depression’s Bookmobiles," 22 June 2017

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First Known Use of packhorse

circa 1500, in the meaning defined above

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“Packhorse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/packhorse. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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packhorse

noun
How to pronounce packhorse (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of packhorse

: a horse used for carrying things

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