One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A wild Andean mammal similar to the domestic llama, which is probably derived from it. It has a valuable pale brown pelt.
Lama guanicoe, family Camelidae
- ‘Both the llama and the alpaca are domesticated forms long believed to be descended from the guanaco, a wild camelid.’
- ‘Aside from bovines, which are involved in 90 percent of these events, horses, pigs, sheep, guanacos and wild boars have also been mutilated.’
- ‘Llamas come from a family of four-footed animals called camelids, which also include alpacas, vicuñas, and guanacos.’
- ‘Llamas and alpacas, sometimes considered to be the same species, may both have been derived from the guanaco through a thousand years or more of domestication.’
- ‘The other group migrated into South America, where it survives today as wild guanacos and vicunas and domesticated llamas and alpacas.’
Early 17th century: via Spanish from Quechua huanacu.
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