Definitions for ALPACAælˈpæk ə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

al•pac•aælˈpæk ə(n.)(pl.)-pac•as.

  1. a domesticated South American hoofed mammal, Lama pacos, having long, soft, silky fleece, related to the llama and believed to be a variety of the guanaco.

    Category: Mammals

  2. the fleece of this animal.

  3. a yarn or fabric made of it.

    Category: Textiles

  4. any fabric simulating alpaca wool cloth.

    Category: Textiles

Origin of alpaca:

1805–15; < Sp < Aymara allpaqa

Princeton's WordNet

  1. alpaca(noun)

    wool of the alpaca

  2. alpaca(noun)

    a thin glossy fabric made of the wool of the Lama pacos, or made of a rayon or cotton imitation of that wool

  3. alpaca, Lama pacos(noun)

    domesticated llama with long silky fleece; believed to be a domesticated variety of the guanaco


  1. alpaca(Noun)

    A "sheeplike" animal of the Andes. It is actually a South American member of the camel family, Camelidae (order Artiodactyla), of mammals; its Latin name is Vicugna pacos. It is closely related to the llama, guanaco, and vicuu00F1a, which are referred to collectively as lamoids.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Alpaca(noun)

    an animal of Peru (Lama paco), having long, fine, wooly hair, supposed by some to be a domesticated variety of the llama

  2. Alpaca(noun)

    wool of the alpaca

  3. Alpaca(noun)

    a thin kind of cloth made of the wooly hair of the alpaca, often mixed with silk or with cotton


  1. Alpaca

    An alpaca is a domesticated species of South American camelid. It resembles a small llama in appearance. Alpacas are kept in herds that graze on the level heights of the Andes of southern Peru, northern Bolivia, Ecuador, and northern Chile at an altitude of 3,500 m to 5,000 m above sea level, throughout the year. Alpacas are considerably smaller than llamas, and unlike llamas, they were not bred to be beasts of burden, but were bred specifically for their fiber. Alpaca fiber is used for making knitted and woven items, similar to wool. These items include blankets, sweaters, hats, gloves, scarves, a wide variety of textiles and ponchos in South America, and sweaters, socks, coats and bedding in other parts of the world. The fiber comes in more than 52 natural colors as classified in Peru, 12 as classified in Australia and 16 as classified in the United States. In the textile industry, "alpaca" primarily refers to the hair of Peruvian alpacas, but more broadly it refers to a style of fabric originally made from alpaca hair, but now often made from similar fibers, such as mohair, Icelandic sheep wool, or even high-quality English wool. In trade, distinctions are made between alpacas and the several styles of mohair and luster.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Alpaca

    a gregarious ruminant of the camel family, a native of the Andes, and particularly the tablelands of Chile and Peru; is covered with a long soft silky wool, of which textile fabrics are woven; in appearance resembles a sheep, but is larger in size, and has a long erect neck with a handsome head.


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