American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A domesticated South American mammal (Lama pacos), related to the llama and having fine, long wool.
- n. The silky wool of this mammal.
- n. Cloth made from alpaca.
- n. A coat made of this cloth.
- n. A glossy cotton or rayon and wool fabric.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A mammal, the Auchenia pacos, a native of the Andes, especially of the mountains of Chili and Peru. It is so closely allied to the llama that by some it is regarded rather as a smaller variety than as a distinct species. It has been domesticated, and remains also in a wild state. In form and size it approaches the sheep, but has a longer neck. It is valued chiefly for its long, soft, and silky wool, which is straighter than that of the sheep, and very strong. The fiber is small, very soft, pliable, and elastic, and is woven into fabrics of great beauty. The animal's flesh is wholesome.
- n. A fabric manufactured from the hair or wool of the alpaca, either wholly or in part, or made in imitation of this, used for clothing in warm climates, for coat-linings, and very largely for umbrellas. The material sold under the name of alpaca for women's dresses and other clothing contains now little if any alpaca-wool; it is a fabric of cotton and wool, with a hard and somewhat shining surface, generally, though not always, dyed black.
- n. A sheep-like animal of the Andes, Vicugna pacos, in the camel family, closely related to the llama, guanaco, and vicuña.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) An animal of Peru (Lama paco), having long, fine, wooly hair, supposed by some to be a domesticated variety of the llama.
- n. Wool of the alpaca.
- n. A thin kind of cloth made of the wooly hair of the alpaca, often mixed with silk or with cotton.
- n. domesticated llama with long silky fleece; believed to be a domesticated variety of the guanaco
- n. wool of the alpaca
- n. a thin glossy fabric made of the wool of the Lama pacos, or made of a rayon or cotton imitation of that wool
- From Spanish, from Aymara allpaca. (Wiktionary)
- American Spanish, from Aymara allpaca. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The late Jonathan Silver, and now his widow, brother and daughters, revived Titus Salt's spirit at Saltaire, the factory village built on the proceeds of learning to spin alpaca which other textile specialists believed impossible.”
“Did you know that a baby alpaca is called a “cria” or that a group of cheetahs is known as a “coalition”?”
“I've started on the alpaca, which is Ace-colored and amuses me.”
“A decade ago, Mr. Ferla innovated the use of baby alpaca, which is softer than cashmere.”
“The alpaca is a small animal from the camel family with a soft, lush coat.”
“The wool of the llama, alpaca, and vicuña is used in manufacture of the cloth known as alpaca, and the value of the shipments to Great Britain usually exceeds one million dollars a year.”
“Today I went to another market with my teacher and saw some of the beautiful things that the locals make; its a lot of products made from alpaca and baby alpaca, which is very soft.”
“The alpaca is a little fuzzy and makes up the yoke.”
“' People with allergies can usually wear llama or alpaca, which is from the same family, but much smaller, '' said Larson.”
“They also make excellent guard animals for smaller beasts, such as alpaca or sheep.”
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