Definition of guanaco in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɡwəˈnäkō/

noun (plural guanacos)

A wild Andean mammal similar to the domestic llama, which is probably derived from it. It has a valuable pale brown pelt.
  • Lama guanicoe, family Camelidae
Example sentences
  • Aside from bovines, which are involved in 90 percent of these events, horses, pigs, sheep, guanacos and wild boars have also been mutilated.
  • Both the llama and the alpaca are domesticated forms long believed to be descended from the guanaco, a wild camelid.
  • The other group migrated into South America, where it survives today as wild guanacos and vicunas and domesticated llamas and alpacas.


Early 17th century: via Spanish from Quechua huanacu.

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