Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Llama (Auchenia glama), the American camel, probably descended from the guanaco (q.v.), and, like its namesake, known only in domestication. It stands about three feet high at the shoulders, and has coarse woolly hair, black, white, or a mixture of both. Till the Spanish conquest the Peruvians employed it as a beast of burden, especially in bringing down ore from the mountains, but its importance in that respect has greatly diminished since the introduction of horses, asses, and mules. The flesh of the young is eaten.