from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A strong horse used for pulling carts or other heavy loads.

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  • n. A large, strong horse used for pulling heavy loads.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a horse kept for pulling carts; a horse bred or used for drawing heavy loads.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. draft horse kept for pulling carts


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  • He thought Lafite the acme of elegance, a racehorse beside the thoroughbred of Mouton and the carthorse of Latour.

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  • A queen was not obliged to follow the practice so long in use, to put on a cuirass, and cover her limbs with armor, and set off trotting against the enemy upon a carthorse.

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  • The carthorse characteristics that show his lack of talent are these: his outlook is narrow and sharply limited by his specialty; outside his special branch he is simple as a child.

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