cavy

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ca·vy

noun \ˈkā-vē\
plural cavies

Definition of CAVY

:  any of several short-tailed rough-haired South American rodents (family Caviidae); especially :  guinea pig

Origin of CAVY

New Latin Cavia, genus name, from obsolete Portuguese çavia (now sauiá) the spiny rat Makalata (Echimys) armata, from Tupi saujá
First Known Use: 1796

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ca·vy

noun \ˈkā-vē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural ca·vies

Medical Definition of CAVY

: any of several short-tailed South American rodents (family Caviidae); especially : guinea pig

cavy

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Patagonian cavy, or mara (Dolichotis patagona).—George Holton—Photo Researchers

Any of several species of South American rodents constituting the family Caviidae. Species in the genera Cavia, Kerodon, Galea, and Microcavia resemble the guinea pig. They are stout, gray or brown, and 10–12 in. (25–30 cm) long, with short ears and legs and no visible tail. The Patagonian and salt desert cavies (Dolichotis) are more long-legged and rabbitlike. Cavies are social animals found in various habitats, including plains, marshes, and rocky areas. They live in burrows (which sometimes weaken the ground above so much that it collapses when walked on), and they feed on grass, leaves, and other vegetation.

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