Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sheep-like animal of the Andes, Vicugna pacos, in the camel family, closely related to the llama, guanaco, and vicuña.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A mammal, the Auchenia pacos, a native of the Andes, especially of the mountains of Chili and Peru.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

Etymologies

American Spanish, from Aymara allpaca.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish, from Aymara allpaca. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    A life lesson from the late, great Jimi Heselden

  • Did you know that a baby alpaca is called a “cria” or that a group of cheetahs is known as a “coalition”?

    A Shrewdness of Apes?

  • I've started on the alpaca, which is Ace-colored and amuses me.

    hey now, hey now

  • A decade ago, Mr. Ferla innovated the use of baby alpaca, which is softer than cashmere.

    In Italy's Mills, a New Spin Emerges

  • The alpaca is a small animal from the camel family with a soft, lush coat.

    A Passion for Knitting

  • 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.

    Commercial Geography A Book for High Schools, Commercial Courses, and Business Colleges

  • 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.

    TravelPod.com Recent Updates

  • The alpaca is a little fuzzy and makes up the yoke.

    crochet by faye

  • '' People with allergies can usually wear llama or alpaca, which is from the same family, but much smaller, '' said Larson.

    Minot Daily News

  • They also make excellent guard animals for smaller beasts, such as alpaca or sheep.

    Boing Boing

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    January 19, 2013

  • u kno what.... alpacas are awesome!!

    January 31, 2010

  • Asativum, I suppose I could do that. As long as the alpacas don't catch on.

    Prolagus, you're weird. I like that in a person. :-)

    June 20, 2008

  • If you like llamas, you can go to Vaduz, Liechtenstein.

    (* Sorry, it's in Italian. I took this picture in the suburbs of Vaduz.)

    June 20, 2008

  • Reesetee, why can't you say you're an alpaca farmer whenever you want? You might get some funny looks from the alpacas, I suppose.

    (Wood has lice?)

    June 20, 2008

  • I'm planning to breed woodlice* as pets. Seriously, I love woodlice.

    (* easier than totoros, anyway.)

    June 20, 2008

  • I'm a worm farmer :-> You guys can come over and pat them any time you want.

    June 20, 2008

  • A glaring omission, c_b.

    I'd love to be able to say that I'm an alpaca farmer in my spare time. Not that I'd want to do it, but it would be fun to say.

    June 20, 2008

  • Hey! Why isn't this on one of my lists already?! *indignant*

    BTW, I work with someone who is an alpaca farmer. In his spare time.

    June 20, 2008