alpaca


noun

  1. a domesticated South American ruminant, Lama pacos, having long, soft, silky fleece, related to the llama and believed to be a variety of the guanaco.
  2. the fleece of this animal.
  3. a fabric or yarn made of it.
  4. a glossy, commonly black woolen fabric with cotton warp.
  5. a crepe fabric made of rayon and acetate yarn in imitation of alpaca wool cloth.

noun

  1. a domesticated cud-chewing artiodactyl mammal, Lama pacos, closely related to the llama and native to South America: family Camelidae. Its dark shaggy hair is a source of wool
  2. the cloth made from the wool of this animal
  3. a glossy fabric simulating this, used for linings, etc

noun

  1. a type of nickel silver used in jewellery
n.

1792, from Spanish alpaca, probably from Aymara allpaca, related to Quechua p’ake “yellowish-red.” The al- is perhaps from influence of Arabic definite article (see almond). Attested in English from 1753 in the form pacos.

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