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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.]
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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]
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(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]
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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
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[ˈkeɪvɪ] Nconejillo m de Indias, cobaya m
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[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.
Salmonella bacteriophages were isolated by the multiple enrichment method from clinical samples (fecal and rectal swabs) of cavies with signs of acute infection and organic waste from farms in the province of Lima.
* 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.
CAVIES MAGPIE (Race 10) is still on the upgrade and can make it three wins on the trot.
e little footballers - chosen for their ball skills from among 300 cuddly cavies in Hatton's guinea pig village - reected England's historical inability to beat Italy in a major tournament.
The cavies were randomly selected, marked for the subsequent identification, and starved into the laboratory cages some days before the beginning of the assay to allow the adaptation of mice at the laboratory condition.
And under canvas, cages were full of poultry and cavies, while tables were laden with crafts, produce and food.
Trainers can win titles and awards during events sponsored by groups such as the American Hopping Association for Rabbits and Cavies (Guinea Pigs), U.S.