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

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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]

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