any of a family (Caviidae) of short-tailed South American rodents, as the guinea pig
Origin of cavy; from Modern Latin Cavia ; from Galibi cabiai
Any of various South American rodents of the family Caviidae, including the guinea pigs, characteristically having a vestigial tail.
Origin of cavyFrom New Latin Cavia, genus name, perhaps from Galibi cabiai.
- A guinea pig.
From obsolete Portuguese çavia (“the spiny rat, Makalata armate, Echimys armata”) (modern saviá, sauiá), from Old Tupi saujá