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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Downstairs, the coffee bar serves local Anchorhead brew, which should be sipped in the cozy public lobby amidst books and one particularly appealing alpaca portrait. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "The Best New Places to Eat, Stay, and Play in Seattle," 10 Jan. 2019 An alpaca wasn’t letting anyone snatch her baby for a meal. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Alpaca caught on video chasing after cougar to save her baby," 24 Sep. 2018 The boost in agriculture has been welcomed by locals, who have also used the expanding high wetlands to water their herds of llama and alpaca. Austin Merrill, WSJ, "The Amazon: The Heart of the World," 3 Dec. 2018 Woven from 100% baby alpaca fleece, Alicia Adams Alpaca throws are warm and incredibly soft. Elle Decor Staff, ELLE Decor, "Throw Down," 23 Dec. 2011 Blue alpaca throw—Alicia Adams Alpaca (R,T); House Beautiful, "June 2011 Issue Product Guide," 2 Jan. 2011 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,, "Where the animals own the streets," 22 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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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


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

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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