Definition of cavy in English:


Syllabification: ca·vy
Pronunciation: /ˈkāvē

noun (plural cavies)

A South American rodent with a sturdy body and vestigial tail.
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  • It includes two subfamilies: the Caviinae, the cavies and the familiar guinea pigs; and the Dolichotinae, the Patagonian hares or maras.
  • And only when they had taken a closer look at the almost complete skeleton did they realize they had a caviomorph, cousin to the modern cavy or guinea pig.
  • He keeps around 80 guinea pigs (also called cavies) on an allotment and feeds them beetroot - ‘the finest thing you can give them’ - which he grows himself.


late 18th century: from modern Latin cavia, from Galibi cabiai.

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