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

    • ‘Franklin has surveyed ranchers using llamas to protect sheep, and found that llamas seem to be earning their keep.’
    • ‘Reindeer, llamas and Petra, the zoo's only camel, were the star attractions, but sadly the plan was abandoned because it was deemed impractical.’
    • ‘The only thing we don't do with our llamas and alpacas in North America is eat them!’
    • ‘Alpacas and llamas abound, as do viscachas (large rabbits) and water birds such as ducks, flamingos and weighty gulls.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Among the animals would be the elephants, performing sea lions, lions, llamas, and Argentine ponies, dogs and a comedy chimpanzee.’
    • ‘Besides llamas, Irineo and Marta maintain some 60 small sheep, a kitten and two black shepherd dogs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Here, youngsters can see baby llamas, goats, tortoises, Vietnamese pot bellied pigs and, if they are lucky, see chicks being born.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘Since then, alpacas and llamas have been extensively hybridized.’
    • ‘We walk briskly on the soft sand of its otherwise-dry bed, the two Quechua Indians egging on the llamas with whistles and cries.’
    • ‘That's often a time for some llamas to pester each other.’
    • ‘The circus boasts camels, zebras, llamas, dogs, pigeons and ducks, as well as clowns, jugglers, wire-walkers and trapeze artists.’
    • ‘‘A male guard llama can cost about £500 to £600 but live for around 15 years,’ she said.’
    • ‘There was more traffic on the roads: single riders on llamas or deer, sleds and sleighs, some wheeled wagons taking it very easy.’
    • ‘When I catch up, the llamas are grazing above a deep valley whose every foot of silt has been terraced for farming.’
    • ‘There was a fairly modest sized zoo here with llamas and camels and some monkeys.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.