Any of a family (Caviidae) of short-tailed South American rodents, as the guinea pig.
Webster's New World
Other Word Forms of Cavy
Origin of Cavy
From obsolete Portuguese çavia (“the spiny rat, Makalata armate, Echimys armata”) (modern saviá, sauiá), from Old Tupi saujá
From New Latin Cavia genus name perhaps from Galibi cabiai
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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