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 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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From actually chic French manicures to ditsy florals and even llamas, the salon has had a hand in all of the season's biggest nail trends. Bella Cacciatore, Allure, "Star Nail Art Is Officially Trending This Summer," 17 July 2019 She was last seen wearing a lavender shirt with multi-color llamas and four squares, blue jeans and fuzzy slippers, Fox13, ABC4 and KUTV report. Harriet Sokmensuer, PEOPLE.com, "Utah Girl, 12, Is 'Missing and Endangered' After Saying She Was Going to Store With Friend," 1 Aug. 2019 The llama was spotted at the waterline of East Matunuck State Beach in South Kingstown on June 29. USA TODAY, "Roller coaster ghost town, Alaska heat, rock hyrax pups: News from around our 50 states," 8 July 2019 Since then, many new events and departments have been added including a llama show in 1995. Bob Blubaugh, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Country singer Riley Green headlines concert, back by popular demand at Carroll County 4-H & FFA Fair," 22 July 2019 Legend’s scientific breakthrough came in an unusual place: the DNA of an American llama. Preetika Rana, WSJ, "How China Is Evolving From a Maker of Copycat Medicines Into a Producer of Complex Drugs," 5 Aug. 2018 But, what about adding llama trekking to that list? Sarah Sekula, USA TODAY, "Meet your spitting sherpas: Wilderness therapy in Colorado has llamas as your guide," 1 July 2019 Just watch out for alpaca and llama herders on the route. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Places to Visit in August," 26 June 2019 For example, when a llama spit on their car at Safari Park, their mom was probably not as amused as the Tanley kids, who cracked up over the episode — a moment caught on their brooch-size trackers. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "Tennessee tourism department enlists kids to rate the state’s attractions," 26 June 2019

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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 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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