gua·​na·​co | \ gwə-ˈnä-(ˌ)kō How to pronounce guanaco (audio) \
plural guanacos also guanaco

Definition of guanaco

: a long-necked South American mammal (Lama guanicoe) of dry, open country that has a soft, thick fawn-colored coat, is related to the camel but lacks a dorsal hump, and is considered to be the ancestor of the domesticated llama — compare alpaca, llama

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Recent Examples on the Web This picture shows huge lenticular clouds behind the silhouette of a guanaco, a llama-like animal native to South America. National Geographic, "How can travelers be as resilient as our planet?," 21 Jan. 2020 The guanaco, three times heavier than the female puma, managed to escape. Natasha Daly, National Geographic, "See the best wildlife photos of 2019," 15 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of guanaco

1604, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for guanaco

Spanish, from Quechua wanaku

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27 Jan 2020

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“Guanaco.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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