- 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</p>
William H. Dooley
Alpaca, Vicuna and Llama wools are from different species of American goats.Vegetable Dyes</p>
Ethel M. Mairet
The alpaca is smaller than the llama, and somewhat resembles the sheep.The Western World
On the discovery of America a llama cost as much as eighteen or twenty dollars.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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