: 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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Illustration of llama

Examples of llama in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Meg also mentioned that spitting is not usually seen in vertebrates outside humans, camels, llamas, and alpacas. Kelli Bender, Peoplemag, 8 Mar. 2024 Add a horseback safari through the grounds to your itinerary to see llamas, colobus monkeys, marabou storks, zebras and peacocks. Jennifer Kester, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 However, her lovable lunkhead of a servant, Kronk (Patrick Warburton), gives the emperor the wrong vial of poison and turns him into a llama. Devin Nealy, EW.com, 16 Oct. 2023 Hence the oddball name, llamas being a thing in Patagonia. Connie Ogle, Miami Herald, 29 Jan. 2024 Guinness also has records for the oldest cats, llamas, and mice, but Maskell said that those categories are not currently paused. Matt Reynolds, WIRED, 15 Jan. 2024 Pet Partners registers nine different species as therapy animals: dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, birds, mini pigs, and llamas and alpacas. Patrick Orsagos, Fortune Well, 23 Dec. 2023 Ann Clark sells classic cutters like the gingerbread man and the heart, but its top sellers tend to be more offbeat shapes: a Mason jar (the big hit in 2015), a llama (huge in 2019). Priya Krishna, New York Times, 14 Dec. 2023 Use our free pattern to cut out a llama shape from chipboard, then add a felt blanket, thread tassels, and some mini jingle bells. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Nov. 2023

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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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“Llama.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/llama. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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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