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 confusedlama llama
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Contemporary Examples of llama

Historical Examples of llama

  • 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.

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 LamaSee alpaca 1, guanaco

Word Origin for llama

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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