Definitions for llamaˈlɑ mə, ˈyɑ-
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wild or domesticated South American cud-chewing animal related to camels but smaller and lacking a hump
The fleece of the llama, a fine, soft wool-like hair.
A South American mammal of the camel family, Lama glama, used as a domestic beast of burden and a source of wool and meat.
Origin: From llama
a South American ruminant (Auchenia llama), allied to the camels, but much smaller and without a hump. It is supposed to be a domesticated variety of the guanaco. It was formerly much used as a beast of burden in the Andes
The llama is a domesticated South American camelid, widely used as a meat and pack animal by Andean cultures since pre-Hispanic times. The height of a full-grown, full-size llama is 1.7 to 1.8 m tall at the top of the head, and can weigh between 130 to 200 kilograms. At birth, a baby llama can weigh between 9 and 14 kilograms. Llamas can live for a period of about 20–30 years depending on how well they are taken care of. Llamas are very social animals and live with other llamas as a herd. The wool produced by a llama is very soft and lanolin-free. Llamas are intelligent and can learn simple tasks after a few repetitions. When using a pack, llamas can carry about 25% to 30% of their body weight for 8–13 km. The name llama was adopted by European settlers from native Peruvians. Llamas appear to have originated from the central plains of North America about 40 million years ago. They migrated to South America about 3 million years ago. By the end of the last ice age, camelids were extinct in North America. As of 2007, there were over 7 million llamas and alpacas in South America and, due to importation from South America in the late 20th century, there are now over 158,000 llamas and 100,000 alpacas in the United States and Canada.
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- llamaCatalan, Valencian
- شتر بیکوهانPersian
- Shádiʼááhdę́ę́ʼ tłʼízíNavajo, Navaho
- lama, lhamaPortuguese
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