alpaca

noun al·paca \ al-ˈpa-kə \
|Updated on: 1 Jul 2018

Definition of alpaca

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


ALPACA Defined for English Language Learners

alpaca

Definition of alpaca for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

alpaca

noun al·paca \ al-ˈpa-kə \

Definition of alpaca for Students

: 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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