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}. 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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