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

  • n. A domesticated South American ruminant mammal (Lama glama) related to the camel, raised for its soft, fleecy wool and used as a beast of burden.
  • n. Any of various other mammals of the genus Lama, such as the alpaca and guanaca.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. The fleece of the llama{1}, a fine, soft wool-like hair.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.
  • n. The wool of the llama. It is used in making stuffs for women's wear, lace, tassels, etc.

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

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


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



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  • ¡Cuidado! ¡Llamas!

    February 23, 2009

  • Mow the snow.

    February 23, 2009

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

    January 10, 2008

  • Half a llama
    twice the lama....

    January 10, 2008

  • A nuzzling ungulate.

    November 17, 2007

  • The one-L lama, he's a priest
    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