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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.
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.]
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
1. (Jewellery) a type of nickel silver used in jewellery
2. (Elements & Compounds) a type of nickel silver used in jewellery
[of uncertain origin]
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]
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|Noun||1.||alpaca - 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|
|3.||alpaca - 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