llama

noun lla·ma \ ˈlä-mə , ˈyä-mə \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of llama

: any of a genus (Lama) of wild or domesticated long-necked South American ruminants 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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Origin and Etymology of llama

Spanish, from Quechua


LLAMA Defined for English Language Learners

llama

noun

Definition of llama for English Language Learners

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


LLAMA Defined for Kids

llama

noun lla·ma \ ˈlä-mə \

Definition of llama for Students

: 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

Headscratcher for llama

Llama is the only common English word that begins with a double consonant.



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