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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]
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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|Noun||1.||cavy - 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 cobaya, guinea pig - stout-bodied nearly tailless domesticated cavy; often kept as a pet and widely used in research