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beast of burden

A domesticated animal used by humans to carry or pull heavy loads. Camels have been used by people as beasts of burden for thousands of years because of their size, strength, and ability to travel long distances with minimal need for food and water.
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Fortunately for seaside beasts of burden, Intromark Incorporated, Pittsburgh, Pa.
ARSENE WENGER has joined Sven Goran Eriksson in condemning the gruelling work-load that sees England's top players treated like beasts of burden.
The fauna is strange indeed--predatory warlags, glacier worms that hunt hibernating creatures, and six-legged gnus used as beasts of burden.
In brief, the authors offer a "beast of burden" paradigm for educational funding, with the upper middle class selected as the beasts of burden.
As most forests have disappeared, there is little demand for them as beasts of burden.
In the records of white traders, colonists and Indian agents who observed Native peoples in the "New World," Native women are slaves, beasts of burden, whores, or simply of no account.
On one of the more clearly visible hills, covered with matorral there appears to be a dog chasing a rabbit towards a hunter's hide; elsewhere small flocks or individual animals appear to be grazing while one of the beasts of burden entering the city is loaded with firewood.
brought up in honour and in wealth, that nobles, men and women, have bent their proud and haughty necks to the harness of carts, and that, like beasts of burden, they have dragged to the abode of Christ these wag gons, loaded with wines, grains, oil, stone, wood, and all that is necessary for the wants of life, or for the construction of the church?
These beasts of burden then served as the founding population for modern cattle breeds throughout the world, the predominant theory holds.
Perhaps of most interest to readers of the American Indian Quarterly are his short pieces on "The Forgotten Dog" which helps us appreciate the popularity among Indians of these animals as "pets, beasts of burden, and a back-up food supply.
It seems that after the Louisiana Purchase it was suggested that camels would make good beasts of burden to develop this wilderness, but good sense prevailed in that such talk was considered a pipe dream.
It is not uncommon to see animals such as dogs and cats being treated cruelly in streets and alleyways, while beasts of burden are often loaded with much more than they should be carrying.
And never mind that recently evolutionary-minded scientists have concluded that camels had not yet evolved into tamed beasts of burden at the time of the Old and New Testaments' ubiquitous descriptions of them.
China and India are now learning that there is a price to pay for an increase in vehicles of all kinds on their roads, taking over from the use of animals, which were once the beasts of burden, and the cyclists who used their own propulsion to make things move.