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 for pack animal
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pack \Pack\, n. [Akin to D. pak, G. pack, Dan. pakke, Sw. packa,
     Icel. pakki, Gael. & Ir. pac, Arm. pak. Cf. Packet.]
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     1. A bundle made up and prepared to be carried; especially, a
        bundle to be carried on the back; a load for an animal; a
        bale, as of goods. --Piers Plowman.
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     2. [Cf. Peck, n.] A number or quantity equal to the
        contents of a pack; hence, a multitude; a burden. "A pack
        of sorrows." "A pack of blessings." --Shak.
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     Note: "In England, by a pack of meal is meant 280 lbs.; of
           wool, 240 lbs." --McElrath.
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     3. A group or quantity of connected or similar things; as, a
        pack of lies; specifically:
        (a) A full set of playing cards; a deck; also, the
            assortment used in a particular game; as, a euchre
        (b) A number of wolves, hounds or dogs, hunting or kept
            together; as, a wolf pack.
        (c) A number of persons associated or leagued in a bad
            design or practice; a gang; as, a pack of thieves or
        (d) A shook of cask staves.
        (e) A bundle of sheet-iron plates for rolling
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     4. A large area of floating pieces of ice driven together
        more or less closely. --Kane.
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     5. An envelope, or wrapping, of sheets used in hydropathic
        practice, called dry pack, wet pack, cold pack,
        etc., according to the method of treatment.
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     6. [Prob. the same word; but cf. AS. p[=ae]can to deceive.] A
        loose, lewd, or worthless person. See Baggage. [Obs.]
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     7. (Med.) In hydropathic practice, a wrapping of blankets or
        sheets called dry pack, wet pack, cold pack, etc.,
        according to the condition of the blankets or sheets used,
        put about a patient to give him treatment; also, the fact
        or condition of being so treated.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
     8. (Rugby Football) The forwards who compose one half of the
        scrummage; also, the scrummage.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
     Pack animal, an animal, as a horse, mule, etc., employed in
        carrying packs.
     Pack and prime road or Pack and prime way, a pack road or
        bridle way.
     Pack cloth, a coarse cloth, often duck, used in covering
        packs or bales.
     Pack horse. See Pack animal (above).
     Pack ice. See def. 4, above.
     Pack+moth+(Zool.),+a+small+moth+({Anacampsis+sarcitella">Pack moth (Zool.), a small moth ({Anacampsis sarcitella)
        which, in the larval state, is very destructive to wool
        and woolen fabrics.
     Pack needle, a needle for sewing with pack thread. --Piers
     Pack saddle, a saddle made for supporting the load on a
        pack animal. --Shak.
     Pack staff, a staff for supporting a pack; a peddler's
     Pack train (Mil.), a troop of pack animals.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  pack animal
      n 1: an animal (such as a mule or burro or horse) used to carry
           loads [syn: pack animal, sumpter]

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