WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
ˈbeast of ˈbur•den, n. [countable]
  • an animal used for work, as a donkey, mule, or ox.

  • WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
    beast of burden, 
  • an animal used for carrying heavy loads or pulling heavy equipment, as a donkey, mule, or ox.
    • 1795–1805

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
    beast of burden n
    1. an animal, such as a donkey or ox, used for carrying loads
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