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alpaca an animal with long legs and a long neck. Alpacas live in the mountains of South America. They are mammals closely related to llamas and to camels. Alpacas are raised for their long, soft wool.
Amazon the longest river in South America. It flows from the Andes mountains in Peru across northern Brazil to the Atlantic Ocean. [1/2 definitions]
Amazon River a major river of South America that flows from the Andes Mountains in Peru across northern Brazil to the Atlantic Ocean.
America (plural) the lands of North and South America, including the lands of Central America and the Caribbean islands (preceded by the). [2/3 definitions]
American of or having to do with North, Central, or South America, or its people or languages. [2/5 definitions]
American Indian a member of any of the native peoples of North America, Central America, South America, or the West Indies, except for Eskimos. American Indians are also called Native Americans.
anaconda a very large snake found in South America. Anacondas are not poisonous but kill other animals by squeezing them until they cannot breathe. Anacondas can grow to over twenty feet long.
Andes a high mountain range that stretches along the entire west coast of South America.
Andes Mountains a mountain range that extends the length of the western coast of South America.
anteater a mammal that uses its long, sticky tongue to eat ants and termites. True anteaters have no teeth, are furry, and live in Central or South America. They are related to armadillos and sloths. Other kinds of mammals that eat ants are also sometimes called anteaters, but they are not related to American anteaters.
Argentina a country in southern South America. Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina.
armadillo a mammal whose body is protected by hard, bony plates. Armadillos live in Central and South America, and the southern United States. Some kinds of armadillos are only six inches long; other kinds grow up to four feet in length. They eat mostly insects and are related to sloths and anteaters.
Atlantic an ocean bordered by Europe and Africa on the east and North and South America on the west; Atlantic Ocean.
Atlantic Ocean an ocean that is bordered by Europe and Africa on the east and by North and South America on the west.
black widow a small spider of North and South America. The female has a shiny, black body with a red mark on her underside and a poisonous bite.
bluefish a fish that lives in mild Atlantic waters of the North and South American coast. Bluefish are blue and are caught for sport or food.
boa constrictor a large snake that lives in the tropical areas of Central and South America. Boa constrictors are pale brown with darker marks and are not poisonous. They kill their prey by winding around it and squeezing it until it cannot breathe.
Bolivia a country in western South America. La Paz is the capital of Bolivia.
Brazil a country in eastern South America. Brasilia is the capital of Brazil.
cacao a South American tree with yellowish flowers and reddish brown seeds. [1/2 definitions]
caiman a large reptile that is related to the crocodile and alligator. Caimans live in tropical areas of North and South America.