• Alpaca
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n alpaca domesticated llama with long silky fleece; believed to be a domesticated variety of the guanaco
    • n alpaca a thin glossy fabric made of the wool of the Lama pacos, or made of a rayon or cotton imitation of that wool
    • n alpaca wool of the alpaca
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Alpaca A thin kind of cloth made of the wooly hair of the alpaca, often mixed with silk or with cotton.
    • Alpaca (Zoöl) An animal of Peru (Lama paco), having long, fine, wooly hair, supposed by some to be a domesticated variety of the llama.
    • Alpaca Wool of the alpaca.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n alpaca A mammal, the Auchenia pacos, a native of the Andes, especially of the mountains of Chili and Peru. It is so closely allied to the llama that by some it is regarded rather as a smaller variety than as a distinct species. It has been domesticated, and remains also in a wild state. In form and size it approaches the sheep, but has a longer neck. It is valued chiefly for its long, soft, and silky wool, which is straighter than that of the sheep, and very strong. The fiber is small, very soft, pliable, and elastic, and is woven into fabrics of great beauty. The animal's flesh is wholesome.
    • n alpaca A fabric manufactured from the hair or wool of the alpaca, either wholly or in part, or made in imitation of this, used for clothing in warm climates, for coat-linings, and very largely for umbrellas. The material sold under the name of alpaca for women's dresses and other clothing contains now little if any alpaca-wool; it is a fabric of cotton and wool, with a hard and somewhat shining surface, generally, though not always, dyed black.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Alpaca al-pak′a the Peruvian sheep, akin to the llama, having long silken wool: cloth made of its wool.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Sp. alpaca, fr. the original Peruvian name of the animal. Cf. Paco
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sp. alpaca or al-paco, from al, Arab. article, and paco, most prob. a Peruvian word.


In literature:

The blue alpaca was the newest she had, and she wished to look her best on that first evening.
"A Little Country Girl" by Susan Coolidge
On the bench he wore his baggy old alpaca coat as though it were a silken robe.
"Sundry Accounts" by Irvin S. Cobb
She accepted the brown alpaca and the brown gingham as she did the sordid tasks of every day.
"Master of the Vineyard" by Myrtle Reed
She stroked the black alpaca arm next her in silent sympathy.
"'Lizbeth of the Dale" by Marian Keith
She wore her shop dress, too, a neat black alpaca.
"Good Luck" by L. T. Meade
Mr. Thompson began to grow smaller, and as he shrunk in size, his light alpaca duster became gauzy, and formed itself into wings.
"Harper's Young People, April 20, 1880" by Various
Her faded hair was arranged with some neatness, and she had put on a white blouse and a blue alpaca skirt.
"The School Queens" by L. T. Meade
Hammer was a large, soft man in an alpaca-coat and white shirt without a collar.
"The Bondboy" by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
Idy held the reins in her left hand, and smoothed her alpaca lap with the whip handle, in maiden meditation.
"Stories of the Foot-hills" by Margaret Collier Graham
A section of black alpaca skirt remained with the dog as a memento.
"The Portal of Dreams" by Charles Neville Buck

In news:

(AP) — Bart and Rhonda Leinberger had an unexpected but welcome visitor at Alpaca Days, held over a late-September weekend at their farm near Petersburg.
Liana and Cassie, the brown alpacas in front, raced with the others to the pasture.
Self-described alpaca whisper Neal Pulham calms Remington as he goes through his first shear at Paca Pride Guest Ranch on Sunday.
In the time-lapse video below, Paca Pride Guest Ranch shows how to shear an alpaca.
From left, Neal Pulham and Randall Potter help Paca Pride Guest Ranch owner David Capocci shear an alpaca during last year's shearing days.
"Pretty soon, the weather will get hot" so spring is a great time to shear the alpacas, said Tracy Wilson, alpaca herd manager at the White Violet Center.
These spoons are marked "Alpaca".
The property is stocked with a menagerie of llamas, alpacas, African sheep, ducks, chickens and dogs.
Fernando Aguerre, founder of Reef and president of International Surfing Association, wore 19th century coat, Duchamp golf pants and Peruvian Alpaca hat.
Can you spot the differences between a llama and alpaca.
On a little ranch outside of Fall City, the Solene family lives and works with a small herd of alpacas.
Lillian Shupe A-Paca Kids Alpaca 4-H Club.
Coloradans raising alpacas find it anything but taxing.
Alpaca-blend animals are hand-knit for Crate & Barrel by artisans from rural Peru.
This week's winner of the Reader SunShots series "Warm and Fuzzy " is Kevin Moore for his picture of an alpaca taken at a farm in Harford County.

In science:

Pronouncible, or nearly so, acronyms numbered about 20, ranging from Alpaca and Angstrom to SEXCLAS and SLUGS.
Astrophysics in 2006