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noun, plural gua·na·cos.
  1. a wild South American ruminant, Lama guanicoe, of which the llama and alpaca are believed to be domesticated varieties: related to the camels.
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Origin of guanaco

1595–1605; < Spanish < Quechua wanaku
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Examples from the Web for guanaco

Historical Examples

  • The vicuña and guanaco also do not work in the service of man.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin

  • Paganel had scarcely looked at it before he exclaimed, "A guanaco!"

  • We looked about to discover the spot where we had left the guanaco.

  • We then raised a mark near our guanaco as we had done before.

  • We crowed over them, however, for they had not killed either a guanaco or a puma.

British Dictionary definitions for guanaco


noun plural -cos
  1. a cud-chewing South American artiodactyl mammal, Lama guanicoe, closely related to the domesticated llama: family Camelidae
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Word Origin

C17: from Spanish, from Quechuan huanacu
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