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[lah-muh] /ˈlɑ mə/
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)
Can be confused
lama, llama. Unabridged
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  • Enchanted with it, my brave Major; still I must confess I should not say no to a dish of llama.

  • Alpaca Wool is the fleece of the Peruvian sheep, which is a species of llama.


    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 W.H.G. Kingston
  • On the discovery of America a llama cost as much as eighteen or twenty dollars.

    The Forest Exiles Mayne Reid
  • The wool is shorter than that of the llama, and of the same length all over the body.

    The Forest Exiles Mayne Reid
  • Sir Garnet was the llama goat, or sheep—she didn't know which.

    Greyfriars Bobby Eleanor Atkinson
  • He was probably a guanaco or llama, commonly known as the Peruvian sheep.

    Notable Voyagers W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
British Dictionary definitions for llama


a domesticated South American cud-chewing mammal, Lama glama (or L. peruana), that is used as a beast of burden and is valued for its hair, flesh, and hide: family Camelidae (camels)
the cloth made from the wool of this animal
any other animal of the genus Lama See alpaca1 , guanaco
Word Origin
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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