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vicuna

[vahy-koo-nuh, -kyoo-, vi-, vi-koo-nyuh] /vaɪˈku nə, -ˈkyu-, vɪ-, vɪˈku nyə/
noun
1.
a wild South American ruminant, Vicugna vicugna, of the Andes, related to the guanaco but smaller, and yielding a soft, delicate wool: an endangered species, now increasing in numbers.
2.
a fabric of this wool or of some substitute, usually twilled and finished with a soft nap.
3.
a garment, especially an overcoat, of vicuna.
Also, vicuña.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; < Spanish vicuña < Quechua wik’uña
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British Dictionary definitions for vicuña

vicuña

/vɪˈkuːnjə/
noun
1.
a tawny-coloured cud-chewing Andean artiodactyl mammal, Vicugna vicugna, similar to the llama: family Camelidae
2.
the fine light cloth made from the wool obtained from this animal
Word Origin
C17: from Spanish vicuña, from Quechuan wikúña
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Word Origin and History for vicuña

vicuna

n.

Peruvian ruminant, c.1600, from Spanish vicuña, from Quechua (Peru) wikuna, the native name of the animal.

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