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

  • n. A horse used as a pack animal.

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  • n. A horse used as a pack animal

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A horse used as a pack-animal in carrying burdens; hence, figuratively, a drudge.

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

  • n. a workhorse used as a pack animal


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  • "packhorse" were the only means of conveying information.

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  • We try to limit 180 pounds to each packhorse not including the packsaddle and pads.

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  • The Sun reports the surprising news that reliable waddling packhorse Dirk Kuyt doesn't really want to play for Liverpool any more and would like to be reunited with his goateed personal organ grinder Rafa Benítez at Internazionale.

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  •          I stumbled over a motorcycle that was leaking gasoline, and bumped into a shopping cart piled with junk, the ever-present shopping cart that had become the modern packhorse of the poor.

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  • The packhorse clopped behind; even its head was bowed.


  • After the Great War, he made his way north and turned up in Wyoming with three saddle horses and one packhorse.

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  • By the time he was four he would have been riding an old packhorse.


  • A month-long horse trip from Colorado into Wyoming leading a single packhorse with light packs.


  • I can't vouch for that, but it is a Medieval packhorse bridge with refuges for pedestrians and still used by traffic today.

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  • Mark saw the tide of fierce, fair men flow inboard, coaxing the loaded packhorse after them, and stowing their booty under the tiny foredeck and in the well between the benches.

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  • Ha!

    November 8, 2007

  • As the maid of honor at a friend's weeklong destination wedding, I was affectionately termed the bride's packhorse. They stopped saying it when, one day, I sighed, "Always a packhorse, never a pack..."

    November 8, 2007