noun, plural ca·vies.

any of several short-tailed or tailless South American rodents of the family Caviidae, as the guinea pig, capybara, or agouti.

Origin of cavy

1790–1800; < New Latin Cavia name of the genus < Carib (Galibi) cabiai Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for cavy

rodent, subject, victim, cavy, examinee, testee

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noun plural -vies

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

Word Origin for cavy

C18: from New Latin Cavia, from Galibi cabiai
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