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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.]
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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]
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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.
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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
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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
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

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
Multilingual Translator © HarperCollins Publishers 2009

guin·ea pig

n. conejillo de Indias.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

guinea pig

n (fig) conejillo de Indias; You’re not a guinea pig..Ud. no es un conejillo de Indias.
English-Spanish/Spanish-English Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.