cavy

[ key-vee ]
/ ˈkeɪ vi /

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.

Nearby words

  1. cavort,
  2. cavosurface,
  3. cavosurface angle,
  4. cavour,
  5. cavum,
  6. caw,
  7. cawdrey,
  8. cawley,
  9. cawnpore,
  10. caxias

Origin of cavy

1790–1800; < New Latin Cavia name of the genus < Carib (Galibi) cabiai

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British Dictionary definitions for cavy

cavy

/ (ˈkeɪvɪ) /

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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