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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Examples of alpaca in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But for now, when nights get nippy, keep this supersoft alpaca throw on hand. Bon Appétit, 26 Apr. 2022 Katherine McRose, or Right Choice Shearing on TikTok, is a professional sheep and alpaca shearer. Maria Jimenez Moya, USA TODAY, 10 Apr. 2022 The Great’s playful alpaca cardigan puts a Valentine’s Day-ready spin on the classic Fair Isle pattern, which is adorned with charming hearts. Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Feb. 2022 The Hotel Aurelio, located in the ski region Lech Zürs, offers alpaca meet-and-greets, heli-skiing, bespoke sommelier experiences, Bentley shuttles, an immersive 10,000-square-foot spa, a Gault Millau gourmet restaurant, and more. Brandon Perlman, Travel + Leisure, 3 Jan. 2022 However, such natural immunity can be about as reliable as an alpaca as a night club bouncer. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 23 Dec. 2021 Like its neighbor, Agnona began as a textile merchant, dealing decadent cashmere, vicuña and alpaca yardage to Parisian couturiers, including Christian Dior and Cristóbal Balenciaga. Kareem Rashed, Robb Report, 22 Jan. 2022 Many of the slinky knitwear pieces, for example, were thoughtfully made out of recycled nylon, yak fiber, and alpaca. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 16 Feb. 2022 His Facebook and Instagram posts also drew the attention of two people who own alpaca farms. Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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8 May 2022

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“Alpaca.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of alpaca

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

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