guinea pig


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guinea pig
Cavia porcellus

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 Guinea, used 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 spokesman said experiments in Britain involving guinea pigs have included injecting them with radioactive material, removing their eyeballs, causing deafness and transplanting organs from other animals into them.
This guinea pig is extremely lucky that this young girl found and rescued her.
Using the guinea pig as a controlled model, we made perforations of various sizes to determine how much perforation would still allow for the detection of DPOAEs.
But how much do guinea pig loving saddos actually spend?
Several of the antisense compounds that were efficacious in the mouse studies were also studied in the guinea pig model as single agents and in combinations.
A WOMAN has quit her PS20,000-a-year office job as she rakes in more money filming her guinea pigs.
IT'S gnaw joke - mystic guinea pigs have predicted Italy will win by a whisker when they play England in the World Cup opener next week.
CARING families are being sought to take in guinea pigs abandoned by their owners.