Cavia cobaya
Guinea pig Guin"ea pig` [Prob. a mistake for Guiana pig.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) A small Brazilian rodent ({Cavia porcellus} or {Cavia cobaya}), about seven inches in length and usually of a white color, with spots of orange and black. Called also {cavy}. It is the domesticated form of the wild cavy, often kept as a pet and used commonly as an experimental animal in laboratory research. [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]

2. Hence, [figuratively]: Any animal or person used in an experiment; -- also applied to people who are unwillingly or unknowingly subjected by authorities to policies or procedures which might cause bodily or mental harm. [PJC]

3. A contemptuous sobriquet. [Obs.] --Smollett [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]


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  • Cavia cobaya — 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. [1913 Webster] {Water cavy} (Zo[… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cavia cobaya — guinea pig, small rodent with small ears and a short tail …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Cavia cobaya — noun stout bodied nearly tailless domesticated cavy; often kept as a pet and widely used in research • Syn: ↑guinea pig • Hypernyms: ↑cavy …   Useful english dictionary

  • Cavia Porcellus — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Cochon …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Cavia porcellus — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Cochon …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Cavia porcellus —   Cavia porcellus …   Wikipedia Español

  • Cavia porcellus — Cochon d Inde, Cobaye commun, Cobaye Pour les articles homonymes, voir Cochon (homonymie) …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Cavia porcellus — Guinea pig Guin ea pig [Prob. a mistake for Guiana pig.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A small Brazilian rodent ({Cavia porcellus} or {Cavia cobaya}), about seven inches in length and usually of a white color, with spots of orange and black. Called also {cavy}.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cavia porcellus — es el nombre científico de un roedor doméstico originario de los Andes peruanos, perteneciente a la familia Cavidae, género Cavia. En español recibe diversos nombres según cada país. En su zona de origen se lo conoce como cuy (en quechua quwi),… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • cobaya — sustantivo masculino,f. 1. (macho y hembra) Cavia cutleri. Mamífero roedor, parecido al conejo, pero más pequeño y con orejas cortas, que vive en estepas y zonas desérticas y se utiliza en experimentos de medicina. Sinónimo: conejillo de indias.… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

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