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cavy

[key-vee] /ˈkeɪ vi/
noun, plural cavies.
1.
any of several short-tailed or tailless South American rodents of the family Caviidae, as the guinea pig, capybara, or agouti.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; < Neo-Latin Cavia name of the genus < Carib (Galibi) cabiai
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cavy

/ˈkeɪvɪ/
noun (pl) -vies
1.
any small South American hystricomorph rodent of the family Caviidae, esp any of the genus Cavia, having a thickset body and very small tail See also guinea pig
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin Cavia, from Galibi cabiai
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