or vi·cu·ña

[ vahy-koo-nuh, -kyoo-, vi-, vi-koo-nyuh ]
/ vaɪˈku nə, -ˈkyu-, vɪ-, vɪˈku nyə /


a wild South American ruminant, Vicugna vicugna, of the Andes, related to the guanaco but smaller, and yielding a soft, delicate wool: an endangered species, now increasing in numbers.
a fabric of this wool or of some substitute, usually twilled and finished with a soft nap.
a garment, especially an overcoat, of vicuna.

Origin of vicuna

1585–95; < Spanish vicuña < Quechua wik’uña Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for vicuna


vicuna (vɪˈkjuːnə)

/ (vɪˈkuːnjə) /


a tawny-coloured cud-chewing Andean artiodactyl mammal, Vicugna vicugna, similar to the llama: family Camelidae
the fine light cloth made from the wool obtained from this animal

Word Origin for vicuña

C17: from Spanish vicuña, from Quechuan wikúña
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Word Origin and History for vicuna



Peruvian ruminant, c.1600, from Spanish vicuña, from Quechua (Peru) wikuna, the native name of the animal.

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