alpaca

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noun al·paca \al-ˈpa-kə\

Definition of alpaca

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

  2. 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


First Known Use: 1747


ALPACA Defined for English Language Learners

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noun al·paca \al-ˈpa-kə\

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

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noun al·paca \al-ˈpa-kə\

Definition of alpaca for Students

  1. :  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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