beast of burden


Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Acronyms, Idioms, Wikipedia.

beast of burden

n. pl. beasts of burden
An animal, such as a donkey, ox, or elephant, used for transporting loads or doing other heavy work.

beast of burden

n
an animal, such as a donkey or ox, used for carrying loads

beast′ of bur′den


n.
an animal used for carrying heavy loads or pulling heavy equipment, as a donkey, mule, or ox.
[1795–1805]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.beast of burden - an animal such as a donkey or ox or elephant used for transporting loads or doing other heavy workbeast of burden - an animal such as a donkey or ox or elephant used for transporting loads or doing other heavy work
work animal - an animal trained for and used for heavy labor
pack animal, sumpter - an animal (such as a mule or burro or horse) used to carry loads
Translations
بهيمة
soumar
juhtakantojuhtakuormajuhta
lastdier
burro de carga
References in classic literature ?
Why sufficeth not the beast of burden, which renounceth and is reverent?
The strangest thing of all was that those twenty-four donkeys, instead of being iron-shod like any other beast of burden, had on their feet laced shoes made of leather, just like the ones boys wear.
The elephant, which its owner had reared, not for a beast of burden, but for warlike purposes, was half domesticated.
Kolk gave me a sign to his father--a lidi, or beast of burden, crudely scratched upon a bit of bone, and be-neath the lidi a man and a flower; all very rudely done perhaps, but none the less effective as I well knew from my long years among the primitive men of Pellucidar.
Ca- pable of high attainments as an intellectual and moral being--needing nothing but a comparatively small amount of cultivation to make him an orna- ment to society and a blessing to his race--by the law of the land, by the voice of the people, by the terms of the slave code, he was only a piece of property, a beast of burden, a chattel personal, nevertheless!
A little trip to Fredericksburg would do me no great harm," thought he; "for I, poor beast of burden that I am, have so much to annoy me, that I don't know what a good appetite is.
The overweighted beast of burden, or the overweighted slave, can for certain instants shift the physical load, and find some slight respite even in enforcing additional pain upon such a set of muscles or such a limb.
But he never thought of it, except when he was dragged to it--he lived like a dumb beast of burden, knowing only the moment in which he was.
Well beaten that day, Beast Of Burden was then tried over fences to no avail and has been on and off the track since.
We came here with very high hopes for Beast Of Burden and he unseated his jockey, and then the horses were just not right.
Beast Of Burden was in front when unseating his rider at the second-last at Chepstow in October on his fencing bow.
Beast Of Burden has now won two of his three runs over hurdles in his debut season with his Ffos Las performance seeing him bounce back from a surprise defeat at Newbury last month.