vicuna

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n vicuna small wild cud-chewing Andean animal similar to the guanaco but smaller; valued for its fleecy undercoat
    • n vicuna a soft wool fabric made from the fleece of the vicuna
    • n vicuna the wool of the vicuna
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Vicuña (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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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Vicuna vi-kū′na a species or variety of the South American genus Auchenia (allied to the camels), which also includes the llama, alpaca, and the guanaco
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Sp. vicuña,. Cf. Vigonia
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Peruv.

Usage

In literature:

They were at the Vicuna, and she was there now alone.
"The Wheels of Chance" by H. G. Wells
Were they wild beasts from the Pampas, or herds of llamas and vicunas?
"In Search of the Castaways" by Jules Verne
Vicuna wool dyed yellow.
"The Green Mummy" by Fergus Hume
Among the bushes we saw a number of vicunas, the smallest wild camels of the New World.
"Inca Land" by Hiram Bingham
They used the wool of llamas, alpacas, vicunas, and guanacos.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
The vicuna is a more beautiful animal than either the llama or the alpaca.
"Manco, the Peruvian Chief" by W.H.G. Kingston
These were the `guanaco' and `vicuna.
"The Hunters' Feast" by Mayne Reid
The vicunas are very beautiful and graceful creatures, with the habits of antelopes.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
LLAMAS, ALPACOS, VICUNAS, AND GUANACOS.
"The Forest Exiles" by Mayne Reid
You, by that time will have lost your head, and I my cloak and Vicuna hat.
"The Tiger Hunter" by Mayne Reid
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In news:

La Paz, a city of one million, is surrounded by snow-covered peaks, jagged rock and dirt formations and flatlands that harbor alpacas , llamas and vicunas.
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In science:

Universit´e de Provence, CMI, 39 rue Joliot Curie, 13013 Marseille, France ; PUC de Chile, Facultad de Matem´aticas, Vicu˜na Mackenna 4860, Macul, Santiago, Chile.
Principal eigenvalue for random walk among random traps on Z^d
Universit´e de Provence, CMI, 39 rue Joliot Curie, 13013 Marseille, France ; PUC de Chile, Facultad de Matem´aticas, Vicu˜na Mackenna 4860, Macul, Santiago, Chile.
Scaling limit of the random walk among random traps on Z^d
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