lla·ma | \ˈlä-mə, ˈyä-mə \

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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Other elements like the flamingo crib sheets, fluffy llama rocking horse, and curtains are also pink or have pink accents. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "Khloé Kardashian Has A $1,525 Blanket In Baby True's Nursery," 22 May 2018 As part of a marketing stunt, there’s a llama sticking out of a phone booth in London. Alyssa Newcomb And Peter Maguire /, NBC News, "Video game 'Fortnite' is raking in millions and taking over the real world," 12 July 2018 Thousand Oaks had one located adjacent to a large pen of Jungleland’s camels and llamas. Shelby Grad, latimes.com, "Essential California: Why the heat left so many powerless in L.A.," 10 July 2018 Create a llama pendant (3 to 7 p.m.) or watercolor luminary (7 to 9 p.m.) and then at 9 p.m., groove with your glow stick at the evening dance party on the Welcome Plaza. Blaine Friedlander, Washington Post, "Space nerds, mark your calendar — Astronomy night on the Mall is Saturday," 20 June 2018 Artisans sell stone carvings and llamas made from salt. Maita Barrenechea, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to South America," 5 Oct. 2016 That’s because mermaids are in — as are all things unicorn, llama, and sloth, according to local toy stores. Johanna Seltz, BostonGlobe.com, "At local toy stores, mermaids are in (unicorns, too)," 5 July 2018 Don and the other tapirs share space with two South American natives; capybaras, huge rodents, and guanacos, wild relatives of llamas. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "For the Fourth, bring out the (San Diego Zoo) babies!," 3 July 2018 During the summer, the elusive wild cats are more scattered, hunting their prime prey, the llama-like guanacos, across the countryside. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Places to Visit in July," 15 June 2018

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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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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 \

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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