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

  • noun A ruminant mammal (Vicugna vicugna) of the central Andes, related to the llama and having fine silky wool.
  • noun The wool of this mammal.
  • noun Fabric made from this wool.

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

  • noun (Zoöl.) 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.

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  • noun Alternative form of vicuna.

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

  • noun small wild cud-chewing Andean animal similar to the guanaco but smaller; valued for its fleecy undercoat
  • noun the wool of the vicuna
  • noun a soft wool fabric made from the fleece of the vicuna


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

[Spanish, from Quechua wikuña.]


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  • A relative of the llama, native to the Andes and especially prevalent in Peru.

    I saw one being toted around a small town in ceremonial garb. Cute, bigeyed creature, with a strange innocent haughtiness.

    November 8, 2007

  • A camelid.

    March 3, 2016