[vahy-koo-nuh, -kyoo-, vi-, vi-koo-nyuh]
- 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
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Examples from the Web for vicuna
Alpaca, Vicuna and Llama wools are from different species of American goats.Vegetable Dyes
Ethel M. Mairet
Vicuna—A soft twilled cloth similar to cheviot, made of the Andes vicuna, hence its name.Textiles and Clothing
Kate Heintz Watson
Often I would spend hours in the wild solitudes hunting the vicuna and alpaca, or in some gloomy cañon communing with myself.Where Strongest Tide Winds Blew
The wild lama was called huanacus, or guanaco; and the wild pacos, vicuna, or vigogne.Buffon's Natural History. Volume VIII (of 10)
Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
For weaving, the most valuable pieces are mohair taken from the angora and vicuna.
- 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
C17: from Spanish vicuña, from Quechuan wikúña
Word Origin and History for vicuna
Peruvian ruminant, c.1600, from Spanish vicuña, from Quechua (Peru) wikuna, the native name of the animal.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper