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al·pac·a

 (ăl-păk′ə)
n. pl. alpaca or al·pac·as
1. A domesticated South American ruminant mammal (Vicugna pacos or Lama pacos), related to the llama and having fine, long wool.
2.
a. The silky wool of this mammal.
b. Cloth made from alpaca.
3. A fabric that imitates alpaca, made from various natural or synthetic fibers.

[American Spanish, from Aymara and Quechua allpaqa.]

alpaca

(ælˈpækə)
n
1. (Animals) 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. (Textiles) the cloth made from the wool of this animal
3. (Textiles) a glossy fabric simulating this, used for linings, etc
[C18: via Spanish from Aymara allpaca]

alpaca

(ælˈpækə) or sometimes

alpacca

n
1. (Jewellery) a type of nickel silver used in jewellery
2. (Elements & Compounds) a type of nickel silver used in jewellery
[of uncertain origin]

al•pac•a

(ælˈpæk ə)

n., pl. -pac•as.
1. a domesticated South American hoofed mammal, 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 yarn or fabric made of it.
4. any fabric simulating alpaca wool cloth.
[1805–15; < Sp < Aymara allpaqa]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.alpaca - wool of the alpacaalpaca - wool of the alpaca      
wool - fiber sheared from animals (such as sheep) and twisted into yarn for weaving
2.alpaca - a thin glossy fabric made of the wool of the Lama pacos, or made of a rayon or cotton imitation of that wool
cloth, fabric, textile, material - artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers; "the fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent"; "woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC"; "she measured off enough material for a dress"
3.alpaca - domesticated llama with long silky fleecealpaca - domesticated llama with long silky fleece; believed to be a domesticated variety of the guanaco
llama - wild or domesticated South American cud-chewing animal related to camels but smaller and lacking a hump
genus Lama, Lama - llamas
Translations
alpaka
alpakka
alpaka
alpaca
alpaka
alpacka

alpaca

[ælˈpækə] Nalpaca f

alpaca

[ælˈpækə]
n
(= wool) → alpaga m
(= animal) → alpaga m
modif (= wool) [coat, sweater] → en alpaga

alpaca

nAlpaka nt attrAlpaka-; alpaca woolAlpakawolle f

alpaca

[ælˈpækə] n (animal, wool) → alpaca m inv
References in classic literature ?
Here palms, alpacas, and volcanoes; sun's disks and stars; ecliptics, horns-of-plenty, and rich banners waving, are in luxuriant profusion stamped; so that the precious gold seems almost to derive an added preciousness and enhancing glories, by passing through those fancy mints, so Spanishly poetic.
When he went to the bank in the morning he stepped into a closet and put on a black alpaca coat that had become shabby with age.
The Kearney brothers had divided a suit between them, the elder wearing a tightly-fitting, single-breasted blue frock-coat and a pair of pink striped cotton trousers, while the younger candidly displayed the trousers of his brother's suit, as a harmonious change to a shining black alpaca coat and crimson neckerchief.
They were men of fifty or sixty years of age, with grave good-natures faces, and were all dressed in the costume made familiar to us by the Black Forest stories; broad, round-topped black felt hats with the brims curled up all round; long red waistcoats with large metal buttons, black alpaca coats with the waists up between the shoulders.
Dotted or plain Swiss muslin was the favorite garb, though there were those who were steaming in white cashmere or alpaca, because in some cases such frocks were thought more useful afterwards.
The Grand Duchess had on a white alpaca robe, with the seams and gores trimmed with black barb lace, and a little gray hat with a feather of the same color.
I saw a high starched collar, white cuffs, a light alpaca jacket, snowy trousers, a clear necktie, and varnished boots.
TWO thugs are caught on camera attacking a pair of frightened alpacas with chairs and a bench.
SHEARING alpacas is very different to shearing sheep, as animal care students from Coleg Cambria Llysfasi recently discovered.
ALPACAS have been drafted in to guard a flock of sheep on a Welsh mountain.
AHERD of alpacas from a Northumberland farm will be sold today after its owners decided to sell up.
Around 80 male and female alpacas from Ridge End Farm, at Falstone, near Kielder, are being sold at auction following the decision of Judith and Jonathan Russell to leave the industry.