Definition of pack animal in US English:

pack animal


  • 1An animal used to carry heavy loads.

    • ‘Heavy, bulky freight for the mines still had to be hauled by teams of pack animals over the old, primitive zigzag trails to the mines.’
    • ‘They are grown for their fine, lustrous, soft handling fleece whereas the llama is bred as a pack animal and is larger and broader.’
    • ‘He pushed open the gate of the donkey's stall, and led the pack animal into the main row of the stables.’
    • ‘All traders travelled on foot, but many used oxen as pack animals and were therefore known as phaukhaa wuataang or ‘oxen caravan traders’.’
    • ‘For centuries, the llama, a domesticated cousin of the camel, has been the tireless pack animal of this lofty region of South America.’
    • ‘The llama is bigger and stronger, and weighing in twice as much at 150 kg, is used as a pack animal, while the Alpaca is bred for its soft cashmere-like fibre which was once reserved for Incan royalty.’
    • ‘Young men with axes and pack animals travel for hours to cut standing trees, but they also prefer deadwood because it is easier to transport and does not need time to dry.’
    • ‘Even today in more primitive areas, porters and pack animals are still the most effective means of moving military supplies.’
    • ‘Camels were first brought to Australia in the 19th century as pack animals that were well suited to opening up the country's vast unexplored deserts.’
    • ‘They serve as pack animals and their thick, woolly coats allow them to survive as the nomadic tribes of England constantly trek across the tundra and high snow-covered mountains.’
    • ‘They traveled on the jungle trails until they had to abandon the pack animals and continue on foot, carrying their supplies on their backs.’
    • ‘Goods are often transported by pack animals or carried by porters over mountain trails.’
    • ‘Here and there along the route, straining under their loads, are pack animals carrying the few belongings of families strong enough to attempt an escape through the snow.’
    • ‘When pack animals carry your gear, though, camping doesn't have to be uncomfortable.’
    • ‘Prior to the arrival of the railroad, all freighting was done by wagon or pack animal.’
    • ‘On some Base Camp Trips, pack animals carry most of your gear, food, and equipment to and from a backcountry camp, leaving you to enjoy the peace and serenity of the great outdoors.’
    • ‘Helsun had accompanied them with her little pack animal looking vaguely like a miniature lama heavily loaded with garments and fabric.’
    • ‘Clad in only a loose shirt and white underbreeches, she burst into the courtyard filled with wagons and pack animals laden with supplies and the trunks of nine thousand men.’
    • ‘Although the llama was used as a pack animal in South America, it could not compare with the horses and camels which made transcontinental links possible in Eurasia.’
    • ‘I would wager to guess the colonists got there by foot or pack animal, as a motorized vehicle would be unlikely to traverse the steep sides of the valley, and colonists usually are not wealthy enough to afford to be airlifted.’
  • 2An animal that lives and hunts in a pack.

    • ‘In closing, remember dogs are social or pack animals and need quality time with you or another dog to ward off boredom and anxiety.’
    • ‘Oliver is a dog and dogs - being pack animals - are capable of forming relationships with humans premised upon a reciprocity of affection.’
    • ‘All pack animals have a lead animal, in the case of dogs it is the alpha dog.’
    • ‘Dogs are highly adaptable and they're pack animals.’
    • ‘Dogs are pack animals and den animals, and very much creatures of habit.’
    • ‘Dogs are pack animals, and the more the merrier, as long as you can afford the time, money and training involved with having two canines.’
    • ‘Dogs are naturally pack animals, and every dog looks to the lead dog for advice and direction.’
    • ‘They instinctively look for a leader because dogs are pack animals.’
    • ‘Because beagles were bred as a pack animals, they are inclined to get along well with other dogs - and with cats, too.’
    • ‘Dingoes were originally pack animals and Australia's largest carnivores, and are believed to have caused the extinction of the thylacine and Tasmanian devil on the mainland.’
    • ‘Dogs are pack animals and my guess is that they pick this habit up from each other.’
    • ‘Being pack animals, dogs have developed a complex system of communication that serves to avoid conflict.’
    • ‘Domestic dogs are similar to their ancestors, wolves, in that they are both pack animals with a complex set of behaviors related to determining the dog's position in the social hierarchy and their mood.’
    • ‘This is important to a pack animal, since he will naturally try to be number-one, which can become an ongoing battle if not confronted as a puppy.’


pack animal

/pæk ˈænəməl//pak ˈanəməl/