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n. Archaic
A pack animal, such as a horse or mule.

[Middle English, driver of a packhorse, from Old French sometier, from Vulgar Latin *saumatārius, from Late Latin sagma, sagmat-, packsaddle, from Greek, from sattein, to pack.]


(Animals) archaic a packhorse, mule, or other beast of burden
[C14: from Old French sometier driver of a baggage horse, from Vulgar Latin sagmatārius (unattested), from Late Latin sagma packsaddle]


(ˈsʌmp tər)

a packhorse or mule.
[1275–1325; Middle English sompter < Old French sometier pack-horse driver < Vulgar Latin *saumatārius= Latin sagmat- (s. of sagma; see summer2) + -ārius -ary]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sumpter - an animal (such as a mule or burro or horse) used to carry loadssumpter - an animal (such as a mule or burro or horse) used to carry loads
beast of burden, jument - an animal such as a donkey or ox or elephant used for transporting loads or doing other heavy work
packhorse - a workhorse used as a pack animal
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He at once called to Sancho, who, however, had no mind to come, as he was just then engaged in unloading a sumpter mule, well laden with provender, which these worthy gentlemen had brought with them.
"'Tis Sir Norman of Torn," spoke up Red Shandy, "with his great host of noble knights and men-at-arms and squires and lackeys and sumpter beasts.
After them came twenty-seven sumpter horses carrying tent-poles, cloth, spare arms, spurs, wedges, cooking kettles, horse-shoes, bags of nails and the hundred other things which experience had shown to be needful in a harried and hostile country.
Another lay brother led a sumpter mule, loaded probably with his superior's baggage; and two monks of his own order, of inferior station, rode together in the rear, laughing and conversing with each other, without taking much notice of the other members of the cavalcade.
This potential was examined in rivers and reservoirs in the UK where they found reduced estrogenicity downstream from the wastewater outfall and no estrogenicity in reservoirs receiving these waters (Sumpter & Jobling 1995).
"Slow and tedious" is how Alray Sumpter Sr., president and CEO of Selma, Alabama-based Sierra International Group Inc., remembers the two-year process of patenting his Oil Drip Collector.
THIS YEAR MORE THAN 70,000 TOURISTS flocked to the Sumpter Valley Dredge State Park to visit Eastern Oregon's mammoth piece of history -- a five-story floating mechanical mine that excavated in search of gold more than 45 years ago.
As he drove along Interstate 64 just north of the Indiana-Kentucky border, Sumpter recalls, he spotted a freshly killed deer on the side of the road.
In the tradition of the Southern Tenant Farmers' Union and the Highlander Folk School, and fueled by its founders' belief that Christian faith and the Social Gospel provided the potential for transforming the world, Koinonia Farm challenged the prevailing social and economic arrangements in Southern culture from its 440 acre farm near Americus, in Sumpter County, Georgia.
On the other side of Portland, George and Gwen Sumpter also faced a new landscape.
Senator Doug Jones has released the following statement on the news that Alabamas Sumpter Smith Air National Guard 117th Air Refueling Wing in Birmingham has won the U.S.
will have at all, while have a service Sumpter, of Northern Bosses have warned some routes will have 'no services at all.' .' And Northern is also preparing to cancel services thi Sunday due to a driver shortage - for the fifth weekend in a row.