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[gwah-nah-koh] /gwɑˈnɑ koʊ/
noun, plural guanacos.
a wild South American ruminant, Lama guanicoe, of which the llama and alpaca are believed to be domesticated varieties: related to the camels.
Origin of guanaco
1595-1605; < Spanish < Quechua wanaku Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • By-and-by they would again start an ostrich or a guanaco, and pull it down within 500 or 600 yards.

    Through the Heart of Patagonia H. Hesketh Prichard
  • We looked about to discover the spot where we had left the guanaco.

    A Voyage round the World W.H.G. Kingston
  • They are manly fellows of great strength and courage, and go about clothed only with a guanaco skin.

  • We crowed over them, however, for they had not killed either a guanaco or a puma.

    A Voyage round the World W.H.G. Kingston
  • They are a hunting tribe, the guanaco being the chief object of their pursuit and source of subsistence.

    The Land of Fire Mayne Reid
  • He was probably a guanaco or llama, commonly known as the Peruvian sheep.

    Notable Voyagers W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
  • I was thinking of the ostriches I had observed when I saw over a ridge to the left the ears of a guanaco.

    Through the Heart of Patagonia H. Hesketh Prichard
  • The vicuña and guanaco also do not work in the service of man.

    From Pole to Pole Sven Anders Hedin
  • I could see the first guanaco, an old buck, peering with his long neck swaying, and looking at the Tostado which I had tied up.

    Through the Heart of Patagonia H. Hesketh Prichard
  • Paganel had scarcely looked at it before he exclaimed, "A guanaco!"

British Dictionary definitions for guanaco


noun (pl) -cos
a cud-chewing South American artiodactyl mammal, Lama guanicoe, closely related to the domesticated llama: family Camelidae
Word Origin
C17: from Spanish, from Quechuan huanacu
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