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alpaca

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noun al·paca \al-ˈpa-kə\

Simple Definition of alpaca

  • : a South American animal that is related to the llama and has long woolly hair

  • : wool of the alpaca or a cloth made of it

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of alpaca

  1. 1 :  a domesticated mammal (Vicugna pacos syn. Lama pacos) especially of Peru that is probably descended from the vicuña

  2. 2 a :  wool of the alpaca b (1) :  a thin cloth made of or containing this wool (2) :  a rayon or cotton imitation of this cloth

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Origin and Etymology of alpaca

Spanish, from Aymara allpaqa


First Known Use: 1747

Rhymes with alpaca


ALPACA Defined for Kids

alpaca

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noun al·paca \al-ˈpa-kə\

Definition of alpaca for Students

  1. :  a South American animal related to the camel and llama that is raised for its long woolly hair which is woven into warm strong cloth




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