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[lah-muh] /ˈlɑ mə/
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.
the fine, soft fleece of the llama, combined with the wool for coating.
1590-1600; < Spanish < Quechua llama (with palatal l)
Can be confused
lama, llama. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for llama
  • Researchers are looking at the llama antibodies-which react with specific molecules-for possible use in biosensors.
  • The temporary ban on the trade in the vicuña, a relative of the llama, and its wool is another success.
  • The lodge is part of a llama ranch, and the animals are put to use by carrying food and supplies for lunch or dinner adventures.
  • Kids who want a hands-on experience can jump into the petting zoo, where they may come face-to-face with a llama.
  • The area offers a unique guided llama trekking tour on the hiking trails in the mountains.
  • Arrange a horseback or llama-packing tour, or hike and bike the park's trails yourself.
  • The vicuña, a smaller cousin of the llama, runs wild here.
British Dictionary definitions for llama


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)
the cloth made from the wool of this animal
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

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

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