lla·​ma | \ ˈlä-mə How to pronounce llama (audio) , ˈyä-mə How to pronounce llama (audio) \

Definition of llama

: any of a genus (Lama) of wild or domesticated, long-necked, South American ruminant (see ruminant entry 1) mammals related to the camels but smaller and without a hump especially : a domesticated llama (L. glama) descended from the guanaco and used especially in the Andes as a pack animal and a source of wool

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Recent Examples on the Web Earlier this month, Cannon left Hart reeling by getting a llama delivered to his home. Toyin Owoseje, CNN, 23 July 2021 For Hart's birthday earlier this month, Cannon pranked him by purchasing him a llama. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, 22 July 2021 The llama costume contest will move to the Warner Coliseum, which offers more seating. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 14 June 2021 That is a blue llama Groot is holding in one of the ending shots of the announcement trailer. Nick Romano, EW.com, 13 June 2021 This Dade City ranch has a variety of tour options, including segway, camel, llama and vehicle offerings. Kathleen Christiansen, orlandosentinel.com, 18 June 2021 Pick up colorful wine-stoppers and llama-shaped tea infusers at The Ten Spot, where everything costs $10 or less, or play skeeball at Arcade Amusements, a penny arcade with an old school prize counter. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 June 2021 One of the show’s main attractions are the animals: elephants, a llama, ponies and a camel. Mary Ann Ashcraft, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 8 May 2021 An officer responded to a report of a llama running loose in the 6300 block of 167th Avenue NW. Star Tribune Staff, Star Tribune, 8 May 2021

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First Known Use of llama

1600, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for llama

Spanish, from Quechua

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“Llama.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/llama. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of llama

: a South American animal that has a long neck and thick fur and that is used for its wool and for carrying things


lla·​ma | \ ˈlä-mə How to pronounce llama (audio) \

Kids Definition of llama

: a South American hoofed animal that has a long neck, is related to the camel, and is sometimes used to carry loads and as a source of wool

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Nglish: Translation of llama for Spanish Speakers

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