CAVIES

cavy

[key-vee]
noun, plural cavies.
any of several short-tailed or tailless South American rodents of the family Caviidae, as the guinea pig, capybara, or agouti.

Origin:
1790–1800; < Neo-Latin Cavia name of the genus < Carib (Galibi) cabiai

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To cavies
Collins
World English Dictionary
cavy (ˈkeɪvɪ)
 
n , pl -vies
See also guinea pig any small South American hystricomorph rodent of the family Caviidae, esp any of the genus Cavia, having a thickset body and very small tail
 
[C18: from New Latin Cavia, from Galibi cabiai]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Related Words
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature