vicuña

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noun vi·cu·ña \vi-ˈkün-yə, vī-; vī-ˈkü-nə, və-, -ˈkyü-\
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vicuna

Definition of vicuña

  1. 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. 2a :  the wool from the vicuña's fine lustrous undercoatb :  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


First Known Use: 1604


VICUÑA Defined for English Language Learners

vicuña

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noun vi·cu·ña \vi-ˈkün-yə, vī-; vī-ˈkü-nə, və-, -ˈkyü-\

Definition of vicuña for English Language Learners

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


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