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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The llama is a large camelid native to South America.’
Late 20th century: from modern Latin Camelidae (plural), from Latin camelus ‘camel’, from Greek kamēlos.
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