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ca·vy / ˈkāvē/ • n. (pl. -ies) a South American rodent (family Caviidae) with a sturdy body and vestigial tail. Its several species include the guinea pig.

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cavy (wild guinea pig) Herbivorous South American rodent from which domestic guinea pigs are descended. Small, with dark fur, cavies live in burrows and often form large colonies for protection. Family Caviidae; species Cavia aperea.

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cavy rodent of the family Caviidae, including the guinea-pig. XVIII. — modL. cavia, f. Galibi (French Guiana) cabiai.