Definition of beast of burden in English:

beast of burden

noun

  • An animal, such as a mule or donkey, that is used for carrying loads.

    • ‘It is not clear whether horses were killed for meat or kept purely as riding animals and beasts of burden.’
    • ‘Oxen were a common beast of burden during biblical times, and I believe that the sledges were probably drawn by those beasts, either individually or in small teams.’
    • ‘They turned the revered horse into a beast of burden.’
    • ‘Also, since the 1920s the MSPCA has overseen the operation of the American Fondouk Veterinary Hospital, a free hospital for donkeys and other beasts of burden in Fez, Morocco.’
    • ‘As a beast of burden the yak can keep a foothold on even the steepest path and it can be ridden.’
    • ‘A horse is more than just a beast of burden, and if you look at it just as an animal you'll get killed in battle.’
    • ‘Michael came across the blind camel in the desert as an animal science friend discussed in Arabic with the owner what on earth could have caused the beast of burden to go quite suddenly blind.’
    • ‘The llama was domesticated as a beast of burden, while the alpaca was kept for its wool, and the guinea-pig for meat.’
    • ‘Ancient Egyptian art depicts this animal as their domesticated beast of burden.’
    • ‘For many years, this intelligent and docile animal has been used by man as a beast of burden, circus performer, and even as a weapon of war.’
    • ‘Throughout the world, especially in the developing countries, donkeys work as beasts of burden.’
    • ‘The Israelites used various beasts of burden - mules, horses, camels and oxen.’
    • ‘He sighed and walked to his grand grey steed and began to untie his valiant beast of burden.’
    • ‘Now far rarer than its larger-eared African cousin, the Asian Elephant has enjoyed, or rather suffered, a long and close association with human kind, as a beast of burden, as a war machine and as a God.’
    • ‘Throughout history donkeys have been invaluable as beasts of burden.’
    • ‘A small passage cutting through the Henduan Mountains and the Himalayas in Southwest China has been bustling with traders driving caravans of fully loaded beasts of burden for a millennium.’
    • ‘As the chief beasts of burden in these areas, they are too valuable to be slaughtered for food, but in the past, when there were probably many more camels than there are now, they were valued for their meat.’
    • ‘In the case of cattle, yet another feature of domestic service is diagnostic: the presence of certain kinds of wear and tear in joints or vertebrae, which indicates that the animals were once beasts of burden.’
    • ‘Bison had been touted as excellent candidates for domestication in France - infinitely stronger than oxen as beasts of burden and, when hybridized with cows, great producers of milk.’
    • ‘We have turned plants into crops and animals into beasts of burden; even microorganisms have been pressed into service as fermenters.’

Pronunciation

beast of burden