llama

[ lah-muh ]
/ ˈlɑ mə /

noun

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.

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Origin of llama

1590–1600; < Spanish < Quechua llama (with palatal l)

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH llama

lama llama
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British Dictionary definitions for llama

llama
/ (ˈlɑːmə) /

noun

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 LamaSee alpaca 1, guanaco

Word Origin for llama

C17: via Spanish from Quechua
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