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vi·cu·ña

or vi·cu·na  (vĭ-ko͞o′nyə, vī-, vī-ko͞o′nə, -kyo͞o′-, vĭ-)
n.
1. A ruminant mammal (Vicugna vicugna) of the central Andes, related to the llama and having fine silky wool.
2.
a. The wool of this mammal.
b. Fabric made from this wool.

[Spanish, from Quechua wikuña.]

vicuña

(vɪˈkuːnjə) or

vicuna

n
1. (Animals) a tawny-coloured cud-chewing Andean artiodactyl mammal, Vicugna vicugna, similar to the llama: family Camelidae
2. (Textiles) the fine light cloth made from the wool obtained from this animal
[C17: from Spanish vicuña, from Quechuan wikúña]

vi•cu•na

or vi•cu•ña

(vaɪˈku nə, -ˈkyu-, vɪ-, vɪˈku nyə)

n., pl. -nas or -ñas.
1. a wild Andean ruminant, Vicugna vicugna, closely related to the llama.
2. a fabric of the soft wool of this animal or of some substitute.
[1585–95; < Sp vicuña < Quechua wik'uña]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vicuna - the wool of the vicunavicuna - the wool of the vicuna    
wool - fiber sheared from animals (such as sheep) and twisted into yarn for weaving
2.vicuna - a soft wool fabric made from the fleece of the vicunavicuna - a soft wool fabric made from the fleece of the vicuna
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.vicuna - small wild cud-chewing Andean animal similar to the guanaco but smallervicuna - small wild cud-chewing Andean animal similar to the guanaco but smaller; valued for its fleecy undercoat
artiodactyl, artiodactyl mammal, even-toed ungulate - placental mammal having hooves with an even number of functional toes on each foot
genus Vicugna, Vicugna - a genus of Camelidae
Translations

vicuña

[vɪˈkjuːnə] Nvicuña f

vicuña

n (= animal, wool)Vicunja nt

vicuña

[vɪˈkjuːnjə] nvigogna
References in classic literature ?
If we take on the one side, the elephant, [7] hippopotamus, giraffe, bos caffer, elan, certainly three, and probably five species of rhinoceros; and on the American side, two tapirs, the guanaco, three deer, the vicuna, peccari, capybara (after which we must choose from the monkeys to complete the number), and then place these two groups alongside each other, it is not easy to conceive ranks more disproportionate in size.
Los diametros de fibra de vicunas procedentes de las reservas de Pampa Galeras y Salinas-Aguada Blanca en el Peru para machos jovenes son de 12.95 y 13.87 [micron]m, machos adultos de 13.53 y 13.63 [micron]m, hembras jovenes de 13.17 y 13.78 [micron]m, y hembras adultas de 13.83 y 13.83 [micron]m, respectivamente (Ayala et al., 2003).
A pair of vicunas appear to hug as they smash into one another in a violent turf war in the remote Atacama Desert.
Se reviso literatura sobre las vicunas, las caracteristicas de su habitat y la competencia con otras especies (Hofmann, 1983; Villalba, 2000; Benitez, Borgnia y Cassini, 2006; Borgnia, Vila y Cassini, 2008; Muniz y Tito, 2012; Rojo, Arzamendia y Vila, 2012), asi como las relaciones con comunidades andinas, aspectos sobre la proteccion de la especie, proyectos de manejo y comercializacion de productos derivados (Lichtenstein, Oribe, Grieg-Gran y Mazzuchelli, 2002; Sernanp, 2008; Arzamendia, Baldo y Vila, 2012).
The fleece — called the Magic Golden Fleece of Peru — is gathered in a celebration ritual of the Chaccu, a centuries-old ceremony of serenely surrounding, capturing and shearing the vicunas, then setting them free.
Eso hay que corregirlo inmediatamente, pues es el clamor de muchas instituciones: se requiere un censo formal y especializado para alpacas, llamas, vicunas y guanacos.
Habitat use by vicunas (Vicugna vicugna) in an agro-pastoral system in Suripujio, Jujuy.
Solo en Peru se encuentran las cuatro especies de CSA, siendo este pais el que alberga la mayor poblacion de alpacas y vicunas. La mayor poblacion de llamas se encuentra en Bolivia y la de guanacos en Argentina.
Research into various aspects of vicunas, guanacos, llamas, and alpacas is presented by European and South American scientists, with the goal of helping peasants and small owners rear the animals in the high altitude altiplano.
VICUNAS, like llamas and alpacas, are New World camelid, originally coming from South America but related to the bactrian and dromedary camels.
Because of their valuable fleeces, vicunas, originally from the Andes in South America, were almost made extinct by hunters in the 1970s.
Laws and decrees also support captive-breeding operations and commercialization of products from captive-bred animals, ensuring stewardship of vicunas by campesinos (peasants) and campesino communities.