An alpaca is an animal that resembles a long-haired llama or a vicuña. Most alpacas are bred for their wool, which is a popular fiber for sweaters and blankets.

Alpacas are a smaller relative of the camel, and they're kept as a domesticated animal by farmers who sell them for meat, or more often, their soft wool. Alpaca fleece is silky and luxurious, and it can be knitted into sweaters and hats that are warmer than sheep's wool and much less itchy. The word alpaca is Spanish, from the Aymara word allpaca, and possibly a root that meant "yellowish-red."

Definitions of alpaca
  1. noun
    domesticated llama with long silky fleece; believed to be a domesticated variety of the guanaco
    synonyms: Lama pacos
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    wild or domesticated South American cud-chewing animal related to camels but smaller and lacking a hump
  2. noun
    wool of the alpaca
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    fiber sheared from animals (such as sheep) and twisted into yarn for weaving
  3. noun
    a thin glossy fabric made of the wool of the Lama pacos, or made of a rayon or cotton imitation of that wool
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    cloth, fabric, material, textile
    artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers
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