cavy

noun
ca·​vy | \ ˈkā-vē How to pronounce cavy (audio) \
plural cavies

Definition of cavy

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Summer may just be starting to simmer down, but PetSmart is already prepping cavy owners for All Hallows Eve with nine guinea pig costumes fitting for different personalities. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, "PetSmart Just Released Incredibly Adorable Guinea Pig Halloween Costumes," 23 Aug. 2019 This festival features everything great about animal fiber and will feature goats, sheep, rabbits and vendors, as well as a cavy show, or a presentation of small rodents. Anchorage Daily News, "Fun things to do this week around Anchorage," 17 July 2019 For now, the zoo's all-male group will remain the only cavies onsite. Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com, "What's a cavy? You can now see 3 of them at the Audubon Zoo," 22 May 2018 By comparison, the cavy is the world's fourth largest rodent and can weigh up to 20 pounds. Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com, "What's a cavy? You can now see 3 of them at the Audubon Zoo," 22 May 2018 Temperate Forest: To the east is the 25-foot-high treehouse that will be accessible to the handicapped and an exhibit on coatis (a member of the raccoon family) and Patagonian cavies (a rodent that resembles a cross between a rabbit and a deer). Roger Showley, sandiegouniontribune.com, "$30M record gift will jumpstart a new Children's Zoo, opening in 2021," 12 Jan. 2018 Other animal shows and displays feature dogs and miniature horses, Sept. 1-4; Animals of the World, Sept. 7-13; pygmy goats, Sept. 21-24; and rabbits and cavies, Sept. 10-14. Madeline Mckenzie, The Seattle Times, "New features add to fun at Washington State Fair in Puyallup," 30 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of cavy

1796, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cavy

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

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“Cavy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cavy. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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cavy

noun
ca·​vy | \ ˈkā-vē How to pronounce cavy (audio) \
plural cavies

Medical Definition of cavy

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

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