vicuna


vicuna

noun

  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.

noun

  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
n.

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

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