plural crias
: a baby llama, alpaca, vicuña, or guanaco
… the scarcity of alpacas is based on their slow rate of reproduction, since females usually deliver one baby, called a cria, per year.Glenn Collins

Examples of cria in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Llamas give birth standing up and usually have a single cria every one to two years, Leslie said. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, 11 Feb. 2021

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Word History


borrowed from Spanish cría "rearing (of an animal), baby animal, litter," noun derivative of criar "to bring up, rear, nurse," going back to Latin creāre "to bring into being, give birth to, cause to grow" — more at create entry 1

First Known Use

1984, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cria was in 1984

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Cite this Entry

“Cria.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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