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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The boost in agriculture has been welcomed by locals, who have also used the expanding high wetlands to water their herds of llama and alpaca. Austin Merrill, WSJ, "The Amazon: The Heart of the World," 3 Dec. 2018 Photos from the Samara website show a tarp, tents with construction equipment, and (rather bizarrely) a llama. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Is Airbnb’s next move building houses?," 29 Nov. 2018 Along with those comes more animals (a llama, swan, and raccoon, among others), and some more sports equipment. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Check Out the Newest Wave of Emojis That You Can Get on Your Phone Now," 31 Oct. 2018 For animal lovers, there is a now a kangaroo emoji, as well as a llama, raccoon and swan. Temi Adebowale, Marie Claire, "Every New Emoji Coming to Your iPhone With the Latest iOS Update," 30 Oct. 2018 With bones originally discovered by Charles Darwin during his voyages famed HMS Beagle, the Macrauchenia can best be described as having the body of a giant llama or camel, the feet of a rhinoceros, and an elephant's trunk. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "It Will Take Millions of Years for Evolution to Replace What We Might Lose in the Next 50," 16 Oct. 2018 Their favorite part of the room is the llama and ostrich paintings above their beds. Diana Bruk, Cosmopolitan, "This College Dorm Room Has Gone Viral for Being Insanely Extravagant," 17 Aug. 2016 Further Reading Winamp’s woes: How the greatest MP3 player undid itself Rejoice, llama-whipping fans, a new version of Winamp is set to be released in 2019, according to a Monday report by TechCrunch. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Winamp 6, due out in 2019, aims to whip more llama ass," 15 Oct. 2018 Kate started packing belongings into a motorhome and securing the family's menagerie, which includes birds, dogs and a llama. Fox News, "80 tortoises among refugees from Northern California fire," 3 Aug. 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 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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