alpaca

noun
al·​paca | \ al-ˈpa-kə How to pronounce alpaca (audio) \

Definition of alpaca

1 : a domesticated mammal (Vicugna pacos synonym Lama pacos) especially of Peru that is probably descended from the vicuña
2a : 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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Recent Examples on the Web The others are the alpaca and the vicuña, a wild species renowned for its soft wool. Popular Science, "Llamas are hotter than ever. Here’s why.," 21 Dec. 2020 The others are the alpaca and the vicuña, a wild species renowned for its soft wool. Popular Science, "Llamas are hotter than ever. Here’s why.," 21 Dec. 2020 The caller was concerned the alpaca would venture out on the road. Star Tribune, "Twin Cities metro police blotter, Jan. 10," 9 Jan. 2021 The others are the alpaca and the vicuña, a wild species renowned for its soft wool. Popular Science, "Llamas are hotter than ever. Here’s why.," 21 Dec. 2020 The others are the alpaca and the vicuña, a wild species renowned for its soft wool. Emily Wakild, The Conversation, "Llamas are having a moment in the US, but they’ve been icons in South America for millennia," 18 Dec. 2020 Owners Faye and Jeff Farley fell head over heels for the animals after visiting an alpaca farm in the summer of 1994, Faye Farley said. Joshua Gunter, cleveland, "Medina County alpaca farm is perfect adventure for fall day (adorable photos)," 16 Oct. 2020 In contrast to Evo, with his strong indigenous features and elegant alpaca jackets trimmed with pre-Hispanic motifs, Arce has an unmemorable appearance and private life—married, three kids, no scandals. Alma Guillermoprieto, The New York Review of Books, "Bolivia’s Tarnished Savior," 5 Nov. 2020 Breeders regularly pair female llamas with male alpacas to create offspring endowed with fine, valuable alpaca wool. Emily Wakild, The Conversation, "Llamas are having a moment in the US, but they’ve been icons in South America for millennia," 18 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of alpaca

1747, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for alpaca

Spanish, from Aymara allpaqa

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25 Feb 2021

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“Alpaca.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alpaca. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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alpaca

noun

English Language Learners 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

alpaca

noun
al·​paca | \ al-ˈpa-kə How to pronounce alpaca (audio) \

Kids Definition of alpaca

: 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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