Note: Information is dated. Do not rely on it.Llama, or Lama. A South American mammal of the camel family used as a beast of burden in the Andes mountains. It has a height of about three feet at the shoulder and resembles a small camel, except that it lacks a hump and carries its head erect. It will carry a load of 100 pounds at the rate of twelve to fifteen miles a day, and, being sure footed, is the principal carrier of burdens on the narrow mountainous trails of the Peruvian Andes. The long hair or wool is used for making coarse fabrics.