any of a family (Caviidae) of short-tailed South American rodents, as the guinea pig
Origin of cavyfrom 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