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alpaca

[al-pak-uh] /ælˈpæk ə/
noun
1.
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.
2.
the fleece of this animal.
3.
a fabric or yarn made of it.
4.
a glossy, commonly black woolen fabric with cotton warp.
5.
a crepe fabric made of rayon and acetate yarn in imitation of alpaca wool cloth.
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15; < Spanish < Aymara allpaqa
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British Dictionary definitions for alpacas

alpaca1

/ælˈpækə/
noun
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
Word Origin
C18: via Spanish from Aymara allpaca

alpaca2

/ælˈpækə/
noun
1.
a type of nickel silver used in jewellery
Word Origin
of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for alpacas

alpaca

n.

1792, from Spanish alpaca, probably from Aymara allpaca, related to Quechua p'ake "yellowish-red." The al- is perhaps from influence of Arabic definite article (see almond). Attested in English from 1753 in the form pacos.

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