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noun lla·ma \ˈlä-mə, ˈyä-mə\

Definition of llama

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of llama

Spanish, from Quechua


First Known Use: 1600


LLAMA Defined for English Language Learners

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noun lla·ma \ˈlä-mə, ˈyä-mə\

Definition of llama for English Language Learners

  • : a South American animal that has a long neck and thick fur and that is used for its wool and for carrying things


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noun lla·ma \ˈlä-mə\

Definition of llama for Students

  1. :  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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