Definition of cavy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkāvē/

noun (plural cavies)

A South American rodent with a sturdy body and vestigial tail.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with cavy

Davy, Devi, gravy, navy, slavey, venae cavae, wavy

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Syllabification: ca·vy

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