: 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

Illustration of llama

Illustration of llama

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Martin played the sassy, fun-loving Grandma with a pet llama who just wanted Napoleon to fix his own dang quesadillas. Sophie Dodd, Peoplemag, 31 Oct. 2022 The alpaca resembles a llama, but is a member of the camel family. Kj Callihan, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 Oct. 2022 If the sloth isn’t quite your style, there are a variety of other cute animal designs to choose from, including a bunny, a hedgehog, a llama, and a koala as well. Adria Greenhauff, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Nov. 2022 Little kids are notorious for avoiding bedtime and this little llama is no different. Christina Montoya Fiedler, Good Housekeeping, 22 Aug. 2022 Lots of stores might have pool toys among their seasonal items, but who else is going to give you an inflatable llama? al, 27 July 2022 In a side-by-side clip, Luke eats his snack while their pet llama, Pekka, chews some hay. Adrianna Freedman, Good Housekeeping, 5 Sep. 2022 On Thursday, their teams rescued a llama and a horse running loose. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Sep. 2022 One Prairie Patch Farm llama, Earl, loves it the most. Wendy Grossman Kantor, PEOPLE.com, 25 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History


Spanish, from Quechua

First Known Use

1600, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of llama was in 1600

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Cite this Entry

“Llama.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/llama. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



lla·​ma ˈläm-ə How to pronounce llama (audio)
: any of several wild and domesticated long-necked South American hoofed mammals that chew the cud and are related to the camels but smaller and without a hump

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