or vi·cu·ña

[vahy-koo-nuh, -kyoo-, vi-, vi-koo-nyuh]
  1. 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.
  2. a fabric of this wool or of some substitute, usually twilled and finished with a soft nap.
  3. 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. 2018

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vicuna (vɪˈkjuːnə)

  1. a tawny-coloured cud-chewing Andean artiodactyl mammal, Vicugna vicugna, similar to the llama: family Camelidae
  2. 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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