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)

lama, llama.
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llama (ˈlɑːmə)
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.  alpaca See guanaco any other animal of the genus Lama
[C17: via Spanish from Quechua]

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Word Origin & History

c.1600, from Sp. llama (1535), from Quechua (Peru) llama, which the Sp. translated as "sheep."
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Example sentences
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.
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