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ælˈpæk əal·paca

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. alpacanoun

    wool of the alpaca

  2. alpacanoun

    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 pacosnoun

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


  1. alpacanoun

    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 vicuña, which are referred to collectively as lamoids.


  1. alpaca

    An alpaca is a domesticated species of South American camelid, similar to, and often confused with the llama. It is smaller than a llama and known for its soft, luxurious wool-like coat which is hypoallergenic and flame resistant. They are primarily kept for their fiber production and are usually sheared once a year. They are also recognized for their social behavior, often living in family groups that consist of a territorial alpha male, females, and their offspring.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Alpacanoun

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

  2. Alpacanoun

    wool of the alpaca

  3. Alpacanoun

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

  4. Etymology: [Sp. alpaca, fr. the original Peruvian name of the animal. Cf. Paco.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Alpaca

    al-pak′a, n. the Peruvian sheep, akin to the llama, having long silken wool: cloth made of its wool. [Sp. alpaca or al-paco, from al, Arab. article, and paco, most prob. a Peruvian word.]

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.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Alpaca

    Cloth made from the wool of the Peruvian sheep of the same name, akin to the llama.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of alpaca in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of alpaca in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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