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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Examples of guanaco in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There, near the border with Chile, subantarctic forests preserve habitats for the guemal, puma, rhea, condor, and guanaco. National Geographic, "Where will you go (when you can)?," 17 Nov. 2020 There, near the border with Chile, the 1,722-square-mile park encompasses subantarctic forests that preserve habitats for species such as the guemal, puma, rhea, condor, guanaco, and the calafate plant. Melissa Findley, National Geographic, "Destinations on the rise for 2021," 20 Nov. 2020 The pits also held bone fragments of Andean deer and camelids, such as vicuña or guanaco. Ann Gibbons, Science | AAAS, "Woman the hunter: Ancient Andean remains challenge old ideas of who speared big game," 4 Nov. 2020 The puma grips the fallen guanaco’s neck with her heavy teeth, and begins to drag its massive, flaccid corpse up and over the high plains of the southern Andes, toward the spot where her hungry cubs are waiting. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "Pick Up the Damn Phone, and Other Thoughts on Ordering Restaurant Delivery," 2 Apr. 2020 The guanaco, three times the cat’s size, bucks and kicks wildly, its fur ripping away in gauzy chunks under the cat’s claws. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "Pick Up the Damn Phone, and Other Thoughts on Ordering Restaurant Delivery," 2 Apr. 2020 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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“Guanaco.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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