guinea pig


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guinea pig

n.
1. Any of various small, stocky, short-eared rodents of the genus Cavia of South America, having no visible tail. The domesticated species C. porcellus is widely kept as a pet and is used in biomedical research.
2. Informal A person who is used as a subject for experimentation or research.

[Perhaps alteration (influenced by Guineaused as a name for any faraway unknown country) of Guiana.]

guinea pig

n
1. (Animals) a domesticated cavy, probably descended from Cavia porcellus, commonly kept as a pet and used in scientific experiments
2. a person or thing used for experimentation
[C17: origin uncertain: perhaps from old use of the name Guinea to mean any remote unknown land]

guin′ea pig`


n.
1. a cavy, esp. the stocky, tailless domesticated species Cavia porcellus, raised as a pet and for use in laboratories.
2. the subject of any sort of test or experiment.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.guinea pig - a person who is subjected to experimental or other observational procedures; someone who is an object of investigation; "the subjects for this investigation were selected randomly"; "the cases that we studied were drawn from two different communities"
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
2.guinea pig - stout-bodied nearly tailless domesticated cavy; often kept as a pet and widely used in research
cavy - short-tailed rough-haired South American rodent
Translations
morčepokusný králík
marsvinforsøgskanin
merisiga
koekaniinimarsu
pokusni kunićzamorac
tengerimalac
モルモット実験台
기니피그피험자
morski prašičekposkusni zajček
försökskaninmarsvin
หนูตะเภาหนูตะเภาสำหรับทดลอง
chuột langvật thí nghiệm

guinea pig

nporcellino d'India, cavia (fig) → cavia

guinea pig

حَقْل لِلتَجارِب, خَنْزير غينيا morče, pokusný králík forsøgskanin, marsvin Meerschweinchen, Versuchskaninchen ινδικό χοιρίδιο, πειραματόζωο cobaya, conejillo de indias koekaniini, marsu cobaye, cochon d’Inde pokusni kunić, zamorac cavia, criceto モルモット, 実験台 기니피그, 피험자 cavia, proefkonijn forsøkskanin, marsvin królik doświadczalny, świnka morska cobaia, porquinho-da-Índia морская свинка, подопытный кролик försökskanin, marsvin หนูตะเภา, หนูตะเภาสำหรับทดลอง kobay, kobay faresi chuột lang, vật thí nghiệm 实验品, 豚鼠

guin·ea pig

n. conejillo de Indias.

guinea pig

n (fig) conejillo de Indias; You’re not a guinea pig..Ud. no es un conejillo de Indias.
References in classic literature ?
Laurence, who was considered their special patron, to the astonished guinea pig, who had strayed from its proper sphere in search of its young master.
Finally, I will assuredly give some account of the toxodon, the giant ten-foot guinea pig, with projecting chisel teeth, which we killed as it drank in the gray of the morning by the side of the lake.
I think there is nothing more pathetic than to see one of these poor old childless couples taking a menagerie of yelping little worthless dogs to their hearts; and then adding some cursing and squawking parrots and a jackass-voiced macaw; and next a couple of hundred screeching songbirds, and presently some fetid guinea pigs and rabbits, and a howling colony of cats.
A UNIVERSITY has defended its use of guinea pigs in experiments that induce asthma-style attacks.
She took on the task and trained a neural network with a data set based on all the guinea pig names the Portland Guinea Pig Rescue ever gave to an animal.
Shrieking--If you hear a piercing, high-pitched squeal, check your guinea pig right away
When our treatments finally ended, we Guinea Pigs went on to find jobs, marry and raise families in a civilian world which stared at our injuries and questioned our abilities.
Insurance for guinea pigs is available but does require a more specialist insurance company such as ExoticDirect, just bear in mind that any pre-existing conditions will be excluded and there will be an excess to pay should you make a claim.
People struggle to look after them over Christmas, and we get lots of calls from people who are moving house, or, sadly, couples who got the guinea pig together and now have split up.
TEACHERS are got some unusual help in getting kids at a Coventry school reading - from their pet GUINEA PIGS.
You need to take your guinea pig to a vet to find out exactly what the problem is.