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cavy Explained

cavy at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

Any of several species of S. Amer. 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, incl. 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.

Cavy at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Cavy \Ca"vy\, n.; pl. {Cavies}. [NL. cavia, fr. Brazilian
cabiai: cf. F. cabiai.] (Zo["o]l.)
A rodent of the genera {Cavia} and {Dolichotis}, as the
guinea pig ({Cavia cobaya}). Cavies are natives of South
America.

{Water cavy} (Zo["o]l.), The capybara.

cavy at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

cavy
n : short-tailed rough-haired South American rodent

cavy at English (WD) Of Explained:

==English==

Etymology

From obsolete Inter: etyl » pt Inter: term » çavia|lang=pt||the spiny rat, Makalata armate, Echimys armata (> modern Inter: term » sauiá|lang=pt), from Inter: etyl » tpw Inter: term » saujá|lang=tpw

Pronunciation

* Inter: rhymes » eɪvi

Noun

Inter: en-noun » cavies
  • A guinea pig.

    Translations

    Inter: trans-see » guinea pig

  • Category: Category:en:Mammals -
    Category: Category:en:Rodents -
    Translation: et » cavy
    Translation: io » cavy
    Translation: pl » cavy
    Translation: fi » cavy
    Translation: ta » cavy
    Translation: vi » cavy
    Translation: zh » cavy

    Related words:

    cavya  cavyaja  cavyaphala