- any of several short-tailed or tailless South American rodents of the family Caviidae, as the guinea pig, capybara, or agouti.
Origin of cavy
Examples from the Web for cavy
Historical Examples of cavy
The tools used are made of the incisor teeth of the paca and cavy.The Western World
This is one of the most common troubles that a Cavy raiser has to contend with.The Raising and Care of Guinea Pigs
A. C. Smith
The nest was of dry grass and lined with the fur of the cavy.Argentine Ornithology, Volume I (of 2)
P. L. Sclater
A few guanaco and ostriches, a sprinkling of cavy, and many pampa foxes seemed to eke out an existence there.
The River Deseado forms the southern limit of the distribution of the Patagonian cavy.
- any small South American hystricomorph rodent of the family Caviidae, esp any of the genus Cavia, having a thickset body and very small tailSee also guinea pig