guinea pig


noun

a short-eared, tailless rodent of the genus Cavia, usually white, black, and tawny, commonly regarded as the domesticated form of one of the South American wild species of cavy: often used in scientific experiments or kept as a pet.
Informal. the subject of any sort of experiment.

Origin of guinea pig

First recorded in 1655–65
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British Dictionary definitions for guinea pig

guinea pig

noun

a domesticated cavy, probably descended from Cavia porcellus, commonly kept as a pet and used in scientific experiments
a person or thing used for experimentation

Word Origin for guinea pig

C17: origin uncertain: perhaps from old use of the name Guinea to mean any remote unknown land
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Medicine definitions for guinea pig

guinea pig

[ gĭnē ]

n.

Any of various small, short-eared domesticated rodents of the genus Cavia, having variously colored hair and no visible tail. They are widely kept as pets and often used as experimental animals.

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