sumpter

noun
sump·​ter | \ ˈsəm(p)-tər How to pronounce sumpter (audio) \

Definition of sumpter

: a pack animal

First Known Use of sumpter

1526, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sumpter

Middle English, short for sompter hors, from sompter driver of a packhorse, from Anglo-French sumeter, from Vulgar Latin *sagmatarius, from Late Latin sagmat-, sagma packsaddle, from Greek; akin to Greek sattein to pack, stuff

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“Sumpter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sumpter. Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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