Definition of Cavia
1. Noun. Type genus of the Caviidae: guinea pigs.
Generic synonyms: Mammal Genus
Group relationships: Caviidae, Family Caviidae
Member holonyms: Cavy
Medical Definition of Cavia
1. A genus of the family Caviidae that includes the guinea pigs. Origin: Mod. L., fr. Native Indian (05 Mar 2000)
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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cavia
Literary usage of Cavia
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Genetic Studies on a Cavy Species Cross by John Adolph Detlefsen (1914)
"This cavy is considerably smaller than cavia aperea or cavia porcellus, both in total size and in the individual bone measurements. ..."
2. Studies of Inheritance in Guinea-pigs and Rats by William Ernest Castle, Sewall Wright (1916)
"The color is much paler than that of the Brazilian species, cavia rufescens, ... The extreme savageness toward each other of individuals of cavia ..."
3. The Animal Kingdom Arranged in Conformity with Its Organization by Georges Cuvier, Pierre André Latreille (1831)
"Only one species is known, the H. capybara; cavia capybara, L.; Capybara, Marcg.; ... The Beaver only approaches it in size. cavia, Illig. ..."
4. Catalogue of the Hunterian Collection in the Museum of the Royal College of by Museum, Royal College of Surgeons in London (1831)
"cavia Cobaya. , 555. Skull of a Guinea Pig. cavia Cobaya. Hunterian. Hunterian. Presented by the late H. Cline, Sen., Esq., 1824. Genus DASYPROCTA. ..."