Definition of burro in US English:


nounPlural burros

  • A small donkey used as a pack animal.

    • ‘Early on, brother Popo and sister Fifina walk barefoot between two-long eared burros down a high road to the seacoast, their peasant parents Papa Jean and Mamma Anna happily at their sides.’
    • ‘Here is a reference book for those who can't tell an ass from a burro.’
    • ‘The Free-Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Act states, ‘It is the policy of Congress that wild, free-roaming horses and burros shall be protected from capture, branding, harassment, or death.’’
    • ‘Back in the 1870s, when the project began, the 480-foot-long pit was dug with shovels, picks, burros, and a whole lot of muscle.’
    • ‘Prior to this arrangement the Smuggler had used as many as six hundred burros to haul high-grade ore over the range to be shipped via the Silverton Railroad to the smelter.’
    • ‘What if we returned not just mustangs and burros but also elephants and lions to our continent's wilds?’
    • ‘A century ago, this was a muddy thoroughfare for burros and carts carrying firewood down from the mountains.’
    • ‘The role that burros played in mining has often been overlooked, but through her work, sculptor Robin Laws reminds us of the importance of these animals to the mining history of the American West.’
    • ‘For years burros and horse-or mule-drawn wagons followed this winding route to the mines; now passengers in four-wheel-drive vehicles simply turn their knuckles white.’
    • ‘Stay with horses and burros, whose emissions are purely organic (although toxic).’
    • ‘So far this year, 1,400 wild horses and burros have been removed from Nevada public land, with the goal, pending the release of funds, of removing a total of 5,500.’
    • ‘Interestingly, proceeds from the sale of the wild horses and burros will go to the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management wild horse and burro adoption program.’
    • ‘The burros, dull and harmless as they look to me, frighten Irineo's llamas so much that half bolt above and below the narrow trail, miraculously clinging to the steep slopes without rolling to the bottom.’
    • ‘You need to get the vet out to examine the burros.’
    • ‘Having a weak team represent the league would be like sending a burro to race against thoroughbreds.’
    • ‘Those involved in the slaughter of wild horses and burros have blood on their hands, and what has transpired is a wake-up call to the Congress.’
    • ‘Many of the wild donkeys in the southwestern United States are descendants of escaped or abandoned burros brought by Mexican explorers during the Gold Rush.’
    • ‘Excess numbers of horses and burros pose a threat to wildlife, livestock, the improvement of range conditions, and ultimately their own survival.’
    • ‘Others certainly consider the Swell - with its scenic geology, archaeological sites, wild horses, burros, and Utah's largest herd of desert bighorn sheep - a special place.’
    • ‘If a burro's body doesn't decode its genes correctly the burro's body can't survive: it will get cancer or starve to death or become paralysed.’


Early 19th century: from Spanish.