vicuña

vicuna

[vahy-koo-nuh, -kyoo-, vi-, vi-koo-nyuh]
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:
1585–95; < Spanish vicuña < Quechua wik’uña

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vicuña or vicuna (vɪˈkuːnjə, vɪˈkjuːnə)
 
n
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
 
[C17: from Spanish vicuña, from Quechuan wikúña]
 
vicuna or vicuna
 
n
 
[C17: from Spanish vicuña, from Quechuan wikúña]

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vicuna
Peruvian ruminant, 1604, from Sp. vicuña, from Quechua (Peru) wikuna, the native name of the animal.
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