a domesticated South American ruminant, Lama pacos, having long, soft, silky fleece, related to the llama and believed to be a variety of the guanaco.
the fleece of this animal.
a fabric or yarn made of it.
a glossy, commonly black woolen fabric with cotton warp.
a crepe fabric made of rayon and acetate yarn in imitation of alpaca wool cloth.

1805–15; < Spanish < Aymara allpaqa Unabridged
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alpaca1 (ælˈpækə)
1.  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.  the cloth made from the wool of this animal
3.  a glossy fabric simulating this, used for linings, etc
[C18: via Spanish from Aymara allpaca]

alpaca or sometimes alpacca2 (ælˈpækə)
a type of nickel silver used in jewellery
[of uncertain origin]
alpacca or sometimes alpacca2
[of uncertain origin]

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Word Origin & History

1792, from Sp., probably from Aymara allpaca, related to Quechua p'ake "yellowish-red." The al- is perhaps from the Arabic definite article (see almond).
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Example sentences
The alpaca is shorter and they are softer to the touch.
If you're in the market for a big-ticket item, don't miss the alpaca stall.
The instrument has now been calibrated for measuring greasy mohair and has also been used to measure alpaca fiber.
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