- a woolly-haired South American ruminant of the genus Lama, believed to be a domesticated variety of the guanaco: often used as a beast of burden.
- the fine, soft fleece of the llama, combined with the wool for coating.
Origin of llama
1590–1600; < Spanish < Quechua llama (with palatal l)
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Examples from the Web for llama
Since Holmes has been in jail, Benjamin has sent him a letter of support as well as a Christmas card of a llama.
“He once took a picture of himself with a llama for his college application,” she said.
Enchanted with it, my brave Major; still I must confess I should not say no to a dish of llama.In Search of the Castaways
Alpaca Wool is the fleece of the Peruvian sheep, which is a species of llama.Textiles
William H. Dooley
Alpaca, Vicuna and Llama wools are from different species of American goats.Vegetable Dyes
Ethel M. Mairet
The alpaca is smaller than the llama, and somewhat resembles the sheep.The Western World
The wool is shorter than that of the llama, and of the same length all over the body.The Forest Exiles
C17: via Spanish from Quechua
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Word Origin and History for llama
woolly-haired South American ruminant, c.1600, from Spanish llama (1535), from Quechua (Peru) llama.
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