Definition of vicuña in English:

vicuña

noun

  • 1A wild relative of the llama, inhabiting mountainous regions of South America and valued for its fine silky wool.

    • ‘Franklin began his foray into the camelid world through his studies of vicuñas and guanacos of South America two decades ago.’
    1. 1.1mass noun Cloth made from the wool of the vicuña or an imitation of it.
      • ‘Loro Piana uses only pure cashmere or precious vicuña fibers (a highly-valued yarn known to the Incas as ‘fiber of the Gods‘) in its collection.’
      • ‘The theatre is a perfect symbol of Buenos Aires: flamboyant and decaying, a little melancholy, full of men in vicuña coats and society ladies in diamonds that might just, these days, be paste.’
      • ‘You're already getting the suit and tie, so you might as well go all the way and purchase a made-to-measure Brioni vicuña wool overcoat.’
      • ‘Ike won a second term and watched in dismay as his chief of staff was forced to resign over a vicuña coat.’
      • ‘A custom-made vicuña wool Brioni jacket can cost up to $25,000.’

Origin

Early 17th century: from Spanish, from Quechua.

Pronunciation

vicuña

/vɪˈkuːnjə//vɪˈkjuːnjə//vɪˈkuːnə/