alpaca

noun
al·​paca | \al-ˈpa-kə \

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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An alpaca in Florida has died after eating too much junk food that was left by an unidentified motorist. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Florida alpaca dies after 'overindulging' in Doritos, peanuts," 20 Aug. 2018 In the middle of the table, there are seven further boards, representing locations one’s Andean worker meeples will visit on their journey to becoming chief alpaca wrangler or whatever the goal is (the manual is vague). Tom Mendelsohn, Ars Technica, "Altiplano review: A brain-tickling board game about… alpacas," 14 July 2018 Police tried to contact the alpaca’s owner, to no avail, and an officer sent to the scene reported that the animal had jumped over a fence, presumably to safety. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Where the animals own the streets," 22 June 2018 The alpaca received stitches for a neck wound and is fighting off an infection. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Alpaca caught on video chasing after cougar to save her baby," 24 Sep. 2018 Its mascot is, after all a goofy, boggle-eyed llama alpaca (llama?) with a pronounced underbite; the animal also appears as an elaborate in-game standee denoting the first player. Tom Mendelsohn, Ars Technica, "Altiplano review: A brain-tickling board game about… alpacas," 14 July 2018 Rose quartz, alpaca, and brass metal ground the hand created offering of clutches, necklaces, cuffs, and rings. Priya Rao, Town & Country, "California Dreamin'," 15 Jan. 2014 The shoes are ethically made from silky alpaca fur in Peru by cruelty-free farmers and skilled female artisans. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Valentine's Day Gift Ideas: Soft Things For Hard Times," 1 Feb. 2018 The popular British department store has become a go-to for the new royal, who chose a pair of their classic tan gloves to accessorize her Sentaler alpaca coat worn to church on Christmas Day last year. Monique Jessen, PEOPLE.com, "It's a Royal Wedding Recycle! Meghan Markle Rewore Her Wedding Shoes with $40 Fascinator," 18 June 2018

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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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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 \

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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