vicuña

noun
vi·​cu·​ña | \vi-ˈkün-yə, vī-;vī-ˈkü-nə, və-, -ˈkyü-\
variants: or vicuna

Definition of vicuña 

1 : a long-necked mammal (Vicugna vicugna synonym Lama vicugna) of the Andes from Peru to Argentina that is related to but somewhat smaller than the guanaco, has a light brown woolly coat that is paler below, is considered to the be ancestor of the alpaca, and has been historically hunted for its wool and meat

2a : the wool from the vicuña's fine lustrous undercoat

b : a fabric made of vicuña wool also : a sheep's wool imitation of this

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First Known Use of vicuña

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for vicuña

Spanish vicuña, from Quechua wik'uña

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vicuña

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English Language Learners Definition of vicuña

: a large South American animal that produces wool which is used for clothing

vicuña

noun
vi·​cu·​ña
variants: or vicuna \ vi-​ˈkün-​yə, vī-​ˈkü-​nə \

Kids Definition of vicuña

: an animal of the Andes that is related to the llama and has long soft woolly hair

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