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llama

(lä`mə), South American domesticated ruminant mammal, Lama glama, of the camel family. Genetic studies indicate that it is descended from the guanacoguanaco
or huanaco
, wild mammal of the camel family, Lama guanicoe, found on arid plains in the Andes Mts. It is about 3 1-2 ft (105 cm) high at the shoulder, with a long neck; it is brown on the back and sides, with light underparts and a dark face.
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. Smaller than the camel and lacking a hump, it somewhat resembles a large sheep with a long neck, camellike face, and long ears. It may be brown, white, black, or piebald. Llamas live in herds, owned by the indigenous population, on the high plains of the Andes Mts. and can work at altitudes that most animals cannot tolerate. The llama carries loads of up to 100 lbs (45 kg) but is never ridden. Used as a pack animal since the days of the Incas, it is also valued for its flesh, wool, and milk. It is classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Mammalia, order Artiodactyla, family Camelidae. See also alpacaalpaca
, partially domesticated South American mammal, Lama pacos, of the camel family. Genetic studies show that it is a descendant of the vicuña. Although the flesh is sometimes used for food, the animal is bred chiefly for its long, lustrous wool, which varies
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; vicuñavicuña
, wild South American hoofed mammal, Vicugna vicugna, the smallest member of the camel family. It is 30 in. (75 cm) high at the shoulder, with a long, slender neck and pale, fawn coloring.
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llama

[′yäm·ə]
(vertebrate zoology)
Any of three species of South American artiodactyl mammals of the genus Lama in the camel family; differs from the camel in being smaller and lacking a hump.

llama

1. a domesticated South American cud-chewing mammal, Lama glama (or L. peruana), that is used as a beast of burden and is valued for its hair, flesh, and hide: family Camelidae (camels)
2. the cloth made from the wool of this animal
3. any other animal of the genus Lama
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Your llama may be one shade of brown, white, or black, or he may be multicolored.
The morning of our third day, Laurie asks BJ which llama is his favorite.
The family is still trying to understand how the llama could have been stolen from the field, which is bordered by a river, hedges and a 30ft wall and kept locked by six-foothigh wooden gates.
It's something different and we have quite a lot of fanatical llama lovers in the UK.
Pero aqui no saldre en defensa de mi ancestro familiar, sino de la llama, ese hermoso ser andino que se pasea con el donaire de una "miss Bolivia" por las pasarelas del altiplano, a mas de tres mil metros sobre el nivel de la idiotez racista.
En un estudio con llamas hembras que poseian foliculos dominantes en fase de crecimiento, el tratamiento con 8 [micron]g de buserelina (GnRH) intravenosa desencadeno la ovulacion en el 75% de los animales (Ferrer et al.
When Llama Llama wants a drink, he shouts down to his mum, who is washing up and answering a telephone call.
They find that a llama trek hen party is really relaxing - but jolly, too.
uk ''D ON'T stand behind a llama," says Dave Butler.
Adams' team has known since 2005 that some ingredient in llama semen juices up ovulation, but until now, they didn't know what it was.
Minnesota: The 18th annual Llama Magic will be held Mother's Day weekend at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Lake Elmo.