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llama

[lah-muh] /ˈlɑ mə/
noun
1.
a woolly-haired South American ruminant of the genus Lama, believed to be a domesticated variety of the guanaco: often used as a beast of burden.
2.
the fine, soft fleece of the llama, combined with the wool for coating.
Origin of llama
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Spanish < Quechua llama (with palatal l)
Can be confused
lama, llama.
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llama

/ˈlɑːmə/
noun
1.
a domesticated South American cud-chewing mammal, Lama glama (or L. peruana), that is used as a beast of burden and is valued for its hair, flesh, and hide: family Camelidae (camels)
2.
the cloth made from the wool of this animal
3.
any other animal of the genus Lama See alpaca1 , guanaco
Word Origin
C17: via Spanish from Quechua
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Word Origin and History for llama
n.

woolly-haired South American ruminant, c.1600, from Spanish llama (1535), from Quechua (Peru) llama.

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