Definition of llama in English:



  • 1A domesticated pack animal of the camel family found in the Andes, valued for its soft woolly fleece.

    Lama glama, family Camelidae, probably descended from the wild guanaco

    • ‘Besides llamas, Irineo and Marta maintain some 60 small sheep, a kitten and two black shepherd dogs.’
    • ‘Since then, alpacas and llamas have been extensively hybridized.’
    • ‘The only thing we don't do with our llamas and alpacas in North America is eat them!’
    • ‘Here, youngsters can see baby llamas, goats, tortoises, Vietnamese pot bellied pigs and, if they are lucky, see chicks being born.’
    • ‘Franklin has surveyed ranchers using llamas to protect sheep, and found that llamas seem to be earning their keep.’
    • ‘That's often a time for some llamas to pester each other.’
    • ‘Among the animals would be the elephants, performing sea lions, lions, llamas, and Argentine ponies, dogs and a comedy chimpanzee.’
    • ‘There was more traffic on the roads: single riders on llamas or deer, sleds and sleighs, some wheeled wagons taking it very easy.’
    • ‘Alpacas and llamas abound, as do viscachas (large rabbits) and water birds such as ducks, flamingos and weighty gulls.’
    • ‘So we didn't get diseases from llamas, but we did get diseases from pigs and sheep.’
    • ‘We talk constantly about her llamas and their fleece, about our patterns, about luscious yarns!’
    • ‘The circus boasts camels, zebras, llamas, dogs, pigeons and ducks, as well as clowns, jugglers, wire-walkers and trapeze artists.’
    • ‘The youngster, which is the first baby llama to be born on the farm, has settled in well, and is proving a very popular attraction with visitors.’
    • ‘The listless llamas, who live with a five-year-old male llama, Murphy, and some sheep, have not left their Helmsley field for 12 months.’
    • ‘Apparently there is another llama on the way (that will be their 3rd breeding) so once that arrives that will make them a herd or perhaps a flock.’
    • ‘There was a fairly modest sized zoo here with llamas and camels and some monkeys.’
    • ‘Reindeer, llamas and Petra, the zoo's only camel, were the star attractions, but sadly the plan was abandoned because it was deemed impractical.’
    • ‘We walk briskly on the soft sand of its otherwise-dry bed, the two Quechua Indians egging on the llamas with whistles and cries.’
    • ‘‘A male guard llama can cost about £500 to £600 but live for around 15 years,’ she said.’
    • ‘When I catch up, the llamas are grazing above a deep valley whose every foot of silt has been terraced for farming.’
    1. 1.1mass noun The wool of the llama.
    2. 1.2mass noun Cloth made from the wool of the llama.


Early 17th century: from Spanish, probably from Quechua.