alpaca

noun
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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Really lush materials like alpaca can make a dramatic statement without bold color or pattern. Washington Post, "ASK A DESIGNER: Choosing the right rug for the room," 6 Aug. 2019 The amendment, if approved, would allow for two alpacas not just on Thor and Jimenez’s property, but anywhere in the city similarly zoned. J. Harry Jones, chicagotribune.com, "A fight to keep a couple alpaca pets in California," 23 July 2019 The amendment, if approved, would allow for two alpacas not just on Thor and Jimenez’s property, but anywhere in the city similarly zoned. San Diego Union-Tribune, "A fight to keep a couple alpaca pets in Escondido," 13 July 2019 Some animals and a few people on foot or motorcycles, along with a couple of cargo trucks laden with sacks of alpaca fleece. Austin Merrill, WSJ, "The Amazon: The Heart of the World," 3 Dec. 2018 The restaurant is known for its hearty gourmet burgers made from kangaroo and alpaca. Mike Morris, Los Angeles Times, "If yak and other unusual meats elicit a ‘yum’ from you, check out these restaurants," 27 July 2019 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, latimes.com, "‘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, courant.com, "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

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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 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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