One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A mammal of the camel family (Camelidae ).
- ‘Llamas come from a family of four-footed animals called camelids, which also include alpacas, vicuñas, and guanacos.’
- ‘Both the llama and the alpaca are domesticated forms long believed to be descended from the guanaco, a wild camelid.’
- ‘The llama is a large camelid native to South America.’
- ‘It will not be necessary to apply for a licence to move camelids and deer.’
- ‘The rule also outlines conditions under which sheep, goats, cervids and camelids can be imported, as well as meat and certain other products and byproducts from these animals.’
Mid 19th century: from modern Latin Camelidae (plural), from Latin camelus ‘camel’, from Greek kamēlos.
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