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Guanaco Lama guanicoe


A wild South American mammal, Lama guanicoe, from the llama family. The guanaco have a long, shaggy overcoat and a soft, silky undercoat. Since these untamed animals are difficult to capture, they are most often killed for their pelts. Baby guanaco, called, guanaquito, have straight fur similar to a Red fox. Llamas and vicuñas are the descendants of the wild guanaco.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Lama guanicoe; guanaco (Esp.); guanaco (een soort lama) (Ned); guanaquito;

Physical and Chemical Properties

  • Guard hair is coarse.
  • Fur fiber is short and fine.

Resources and Citations

  • Rosalie Rosso King, Textile Identification, Conservation, and Preservation, Noyes Publications, Park Ridge, NJ, 1985
  • Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia, Douglas M. Considine (ed.), Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1976
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998