bur·​ro ˈbər-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce burro (audio) ˈbu̇r- How to pronounce burro (audio)
plural burros
: donkey sense 1
The farm boasted an array of animals including goats, a burro, geese, ducks, chickens and an Irish water spaniel named Mr. Dooley …Dorothy and John Tarrant
especially : a small donkey used as a pack animal
… bought a burro on which to pack their kit. Frank Norris
Figures darker than the gloom approached and took shape, and in the light turned out to be those of a white man and a heavily packed burro. Zane Grey

Example Sentences

used a burro to carry the supplies
Recent Examples on the Web But the various animal actors conscripted for the role bring outsize humanity to the little burro whose peripatetic wanderings make up the gentle, plotless wonder of Skolimowski's soulful drama. Leah Greenblatt And Joshua Rothkopf, EW.com, 9 Dec. 2022 In addition to the exhibition, which runs through April 20, 2023, there will also be maker-style workshops and events where patrons will be able to craft a 5-foot burro piñata or learn to create their own. San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Oct. 2022 The first-ever video has been captured of a mountain lion preying on a wild burro in Death Valley National Park. Sammy Rothstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 6 Oct. 2022 This was a loaner from Coy, who’d promised that the horse was gentler than the burro Christ rode into Jerusalem. Thomas Mcguane, The New Yorker, 3 Oct. 2022 DonkeyLand attempted to save a 2-week-old burro that had been found sick, taking her to a veterinarian, said DonkeyLand founder and vice president Amber-LeVonne Cheatham. Christian Martinezstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 8 July 2022 In other words, putting a gleaming new bathroom in a dilapidated house is like putting a bow on a burro. Marni Jameson, Orlando Sentinel, 9 Sep. 2022 The Bureau of Land Management spent more than $450 million dollars in the last 5 years on its wild horse and burro program. CBS News, 6 Aug. 2022 Now, wild horse and burro specialists at the field office will analyze the public’s input before rendering a decision. Anastasia Hufham, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 June 2022 See More

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Word History


Spanish, irregular from borrico, from Late Latin burricus small horse

First Known Use

1775, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of burro was in 1775

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“Burro.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burro. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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bur·​ro ˈbər-ō How to pronounce burro (audio) ˈbu̇r- How to pronounce burro (audio)
plural burros
: a small donkey often used as a pack animal

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