Cavy meaning

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Any of various South American rodents of the family Caviidae, including the guinea pigs, characteristically having a vestigial tail.
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Any of a family (Caviidae) of short-tailed South American rodents, as the guinea pig.
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A guinea pig.
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Origin of cavy

  • From New Latin Cavia genus name perhaps from Galibi cabiai

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From obsolete Portuguese çavia (“the spiny rat, Makalata armate, Echimys armata”) (modern saviá, sauiá), from Old Tupi saujá

    From Wiktionary