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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Jared is a sort of idiot, who last season succeeded an alpaca as the mayor of the Alaska town in which the family was hiding. Robert Lloyd,, "‘The Detour's’ Jason Jones on how the family that strays together stays crazy-sweet grounded," 8 July 2019 Its alpaca wool comes from New England, with other wool coming from the West and Southwest, including Texas, Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, Idaho and Utah. Chris Ehrmann,, "Historic Connecticut wool mill plots comeback thanks to contract for new U.S. Army uniform," 7 July 2019 Just watch out for alpaca and llama herders on the route. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Places to Visit in August," 26 June 2019 The animal hospital worked on the young alpaca for 36 hours, but were not able to save him. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Florida alpaca dies after 'overindulging' in Doritos, peanuts," 20 Aug. 2018 Each box holds one of 18 items such as a stuffed alpaca from Marquam Hill Ranch, a toy racecar from the World of Speed Motorsports Museum, an Oregon Trail-themed hiking guide or goat-milk body lotion from Boring Goats. Melissa Yeager, azcentral, "Want to win a free trip to Oregon? Look for the Mount Hood pop-up vending machines around Phoenix," 21 June 2019 Let's be fascinated by these alpacas being fascinated by a hedgehog. Aj Willingham, CNN, "An adorable hockey fan, a lawn care superhero and a lovesick fish," 15 June 2019 Or meet the resident hens, sheep, alpaca, heritage-breed pigs, and Dexter and Jethro, the farm’s very small steers. Max Falkowitz, New York Times, "A Day at Queens Farm (and the Restaurants You Should Dig Into Afterward)," 5 June 2019 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

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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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