Definition of alpaca in English:

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Pronunciation: /alˈpakə/

noun (plural same or alpacas)

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1A long-haired domesticated South American mammal related to the llama, valued for its wool.
Example sentences
  • For many years, historians and scientists assumed that the Incas had created both the llamas and alpacas by domesticating the guanaco, which is larger and more widely distributed than the vicuna.
  • The Aymara use a great many materials in their weaving, including cotton, as well as wool from sheep, alpacas, and llamas.
  • Camelids such as llamas and alpacas are not native to South America but arrived there from the north, as did some deer and horses.
1.1The wool of the alpaca.
Example sentences
  • The group is made up of smaller clubs who love working with natural fibres (ie wool, silk, alpaca and mohair), and they come together each year to display their crafts.
  • Whatever it becomes will have to be handwashed, and quickly, as I've learned that angora shouldn't ever soak in water (nor should alpaca, for that matter).
  • ‘There are 22 natural shades of alpaca - lots of chocolates, creams and greys,’ she explains.
1.2Fabric made from the wool of the alpaca, with or without other fibers: [as modifier]: an alpaca jersey
More example sentences
  • One morning late in August, the local police chief and seven gun-toting officers arrived alongside the owner of a cloth factory who claimed to be searching for seven rolls of alpaca fabric stolen from him in a heist.
  • People make use of blankets and heavy wool and alpaca garments to keep warm.
  • She says they talked about producing long and short versions of her cross over V-neck sweater and cardigans in alpaca and linen.


Late 18th century: from Spanish, from Aymara allpaca.

Words that rhyme with alpaca

attacker, backer, clacker, claqueur, Dhaka, hacker, Hakka, lacquer, maraca, paca, packer, sifaka, slacker, smacker, stacker, tacker, tracker, whacker, yakka

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Syllabification: al·pac·a

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