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 alpacab (1) : a thin cloth made of or containing this wool (2) : a rayon or cotton imitation of this cloth
Recent Examples of alpaca from the Web
Park and Lawlor also spend a lot of time in Peru, where Öhlin/D’s pima-cotton and alpaca knitwear is made in women-run factories.
Here are some notable ways the population was counted before the first U.S. census in 1790: Incan Quipu: Instead of counting with tally marks, Incans lined up quipu or threads (made out of llama or alpaca, according to some sources).
In fact virtually all the animals and birds raised in the U.S. for meat, eggs, and wool hail originally from the Old World; The only species native to the New World that have been bred for human use are turkeys, llamas, alpacas, and guinea pigs.
Synhorst admits that alpaca fiber is not yet mainstream.
From alpacas to zebras, nearly 500 animals roam this park, where a drive-through safari puts visitors nose to nose with some of the friendliest creatures.
The high-end outerwear collection, which is made of Peruvian alpaca, exploded when Kate Middleton made an appearance in a Sentaler coat during her Royal Tour in Canada.
Sunday was the final day of the event, which featured vendors selling alpaca products, fleece competitions, judging, awards, and shearing.
CANBERRA, Australia—Andrew Forrest, a onetime alpaca importer, recast the global iron-ore industry by building a tiny Australian company into the world’s fourth-biggest miner of the commodity.
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Origin and Etymology of alpaca
Spanish, from Aymara allpaqa
First Known Use: 1747See Words from the same year
ALPACA Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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