from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A domesticated South American ruminant mammal (Lama glama) related to the camel and having a long neck and small head, raised for its warm wool and used as a beast of burden.
  • noun Any of various related mammals, such as the alpaca and the guanaco.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An even-toed ruminant ungulate quadruped, Auchenia glama or llama, or Lama peruviana, of South America, of the order Ungulata, suborder Artiodactyla, superfamily Tylopoda, family Camelidæ, closely related to the camel of the Old World, but smaller, without a hump, and woolly-haired.
  • noun The wool of the llama. It is used in making stuffs for women's wear, lace, tassels, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) 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, and is also kept on some ranches in the United States.
  • noun The fleece of the llama{1}, a fine, soft wool-like hair.

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  • noun zoology A South American mammal of the camel family, Lama glama, used as a domestic beast of burden and a source of wool and meat.

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

  • noun wild or domesticated South American cud-chewing animal related to camels but smaller and lacking a hump


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

[Spanish, from Quechua.]

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From Spanish llama, from Quechua.


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    The two-L llama, he's a beast

    And I would bet a silk pyjama

    There isn't any three-L lllama.

    Ogden Nash

    November 17, 2007

  • A nuzzling ungulate.

    November 17, 2007

  • Half a llama

    twice the lama....

    January 10, 2008

  • I never say this word without hideously over-pronouncing the first L.


    January 10, 2008

  • Mow the snow.

    February 23, 2009

  • ¡Cuidado! ¡Llamas!

    February 23, 2009