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n. pl. ca·vies
Any of various South American rodents of the family Caviidae, including the guinea pigs, characteristically having a vestigial tail.

[From New Latin Cavia, genus name, perhaps from Galibi cabiai.]


n, pl -vies
(Animals) any small South American hystricomorph rodent of the family Caviidae, esp any of the genus Cavia, having a thickset body and very small tail. See also guinea pig
[C18: from New Latin Cavia, from Galibi cabiai]


(ˈkeɪ vi)

n., pl. -vies.
any of several short-tailed or tailless South American rodents of the family Caviidae, as the guinea pig.
[1790–1800; < New Latin Cavia name of the genus < Carib cabiai]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cavy - short-tailed rough-haired South American rodentcavy - short-tailed rough-haired South American rodent
gnawer, rodent - relatively small placental mammals having a single pair of constantly growing incisor teeth specialized for gnawing
Cavia, genus Cavia - type genus of the Caviidae: guinea pigs
Cavia cobaya, guinea pig - stout-bodied nearly tailless domesticated cavy; often kept as a pet and widely used in research
aperea, Cavia porcellus, wild cavy - South American cavy; possibly ancestral to the domestic guinea pig


[ˈkeɪvɪ] Nconejillo m de Indias, cobaya m


References in classic literature ?
5] When viewed at a distance, from their manner of walking and colour they resemble pigs: but when seated on their haunches, and attentively watching any object with one eye, they reassume the appearance of their congeners, cavies and rabbits.
For the three pa ents in Cohort 2 that have also completed 12 months of follow-up, serial MRI scans at 12 months con nued to indicate no signs of lesion cavies.
Both adrenal glands (from right and left antimere) of SYT cavies were located in the abdominal cavity; craniomedially associated with the right and left cranial pole of kidneys, respectively.
We hypothesized that, to face this heterogeneity of biotic and abiotic conditions, male southern mountain cavies adjust reproductive activity by responding to short-term environmental cues rather than seasonality.
Although the camera failed for the first threeway tie earlier in the month, the Mac-Finish apparatus was fully operational on the 26th, with Castletroy Bobby, Foxy Vision and Cavies Panther on the line in the photo.
Lars Lewejohann and colleagues examined how domesticated guinea pigs and wild cavies found their way through a water maze.
Captured raccoons were ear-tagged using rotatable tags, sexed, weighed (first capture only as a juvenile, yearling, or adult), field aged (as birth year or after birth year), examined for external parasites, bled using heart puncture, measured for length and checked for tooth cavies and general oral condition.
Species-level differentiation of two cryptic species pairs of wild cavies, genera Cavia and Galea, with a discussion of the relationship between social systems and phylogeny in the Caviinae.
Official Guide Book Raising Better Rabbits & Cavies, The American Rabbit Breeders Association, Inc.
In the wild, cavies inhabit almost all topographic areas from Colombia and Venezuela, south to Brazil and northern Argentina.
Guinea pigs are also known as cavies (ka--ve-z), and are known as such in the exhibition arena.
Fur and Feather included information on cats, birds, rabbits, poultry, cavies, and mice, indicating that not just cats were popular as pets.