- 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
Examples from the Web for alpaca
Peruvians have been wearing knits made of alpaca fiber for centuries.Put Down That Cashmere. There’s a New Luxury Wool in Town
December 2, 2013
And it was fur of every variety: brushed mohair, alpaca, ponyhair, and astrakhan.Battle of the Giant Furry Mittens: Wang v. Altuzarra
February 10, 2013
A drab sack-coat of alpaca hung, unbuttoned, down to his knees.Lord Jim
Mohair and alpaca noils are obtained by the combing of these materials.
Alpaca Wool is the fleece of the Peruvian sheep, which is a species of llama.
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
- 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
- a type of nickel silver used in jewellery
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.