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Vicugna, genus Vicugna(noun)
a genus of Camelidae
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a South American mammal (Auchenia vicunna) native of the elevated plains of the Andes, allied to the llama but smaller. It has a thick coat of very fine reddish brown wool, and long, pendent white hair on the breast and belly. It is hunted for its wool and flesh
Origin: [Sp. vicua. Cf. Vigonia.]
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Vicugna is a genus containing two South American camelids, the vicuña and the alpaca.
Previously thought to be descended from the llama, the alpaca was reclassified as part of Vicugna after a 2001 paper on alpaca DNA. The paper showed that the alpaca is descended from the vicuña, not the guanaco.
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