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
2 a : 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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Origin and Etymology of vicuña

Spanish vicuña, from Quechua wik'uña


VICUÑA Defined for English Language Learners

vicuña

Definition of vicuña for English Language Learners

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


VICUÑA Defined for Kids

vicuña

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

Definition of vicuña for Students

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

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