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[al-pak-uh] /ælˈpæk ə/
a domesticated South American ruminant, Lama pacos, having long, soft, silky fleece, related to the llama and believed to be a variety of the guanaco.
the fleece of this animal.
a fabric or yarn made of it.
a glossy, commonly black woolen fabric with cotton warp.
a crepe fabric made of rayon and acetate yarn in imitation of alpaca wool cloth.
Origin of alpaca
1805-15; < Spanish < Aymara allpaqa Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Here are three samples: one called brilliantine; and another, alpaca; the third, mohair.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • The alpaca is smaller than the llama, and somewhat resembles the sheep.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • alpaca, Vicuna and Llama wools are from different species of American goats.

    Vegetable Dyes Ethel M. Mairet
  • A drab sack-coat of alpaca hung, unbuttoned, down to his knees.

    Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
  • Wool is the soft, curly covering which forms the fleecy coat of the sheep and similar animals, such as the goat and alpaca.

    Textiles William H. Dooley
  • Mohair and alpaca noils are obtained by the combing of these materials.

    Textiles William H. Dooley
  • alpaca Wool is the fleece of the Peruvian sheep, which is a species of llama.

    Textiles William H. Dooley
  • Hair is obtained from the angora goat, the camel, and alpaca.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
British Dictionary definitions for alpaca


a domesticated cud-chewing artiodactyl mammal, Lama pacos, closely related to the llama and native to South America: family Camelidae. Its dark shaggy hair is a source of wool
the cloth made from the wool of this animal
a glossy fabric simulating this, used for linings, etc
Word Origin
C18: via Spanish from Aymara allpaca


a type of nickel silver used in jewellery
Word Origin
of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for alpaca

1792, from Spanish alpaca, probably from Aymara allpaca, related to Quechua p'ake "yellowish-red." The al- is perhaps from influence of Arabic definite article (see almond). Attested in English from 1753 in the form pacos.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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