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Ca·vi·a por·cel·'lus

a rodent with a very short tail that is not visible externally; native to South America, where it is raised for food; used widely as a laboratory animal in medical research.
Synonym(s): guinea pig

guinea pig

n.
1. Any of various small, stocky, short-eared rodents of the genus Cavia of South America, having no visible tail. The domesticated species C. porcellus is widely kept as a pet and is used in biomedical research.
2. Informal A person who is used as a subject for experimentation or research.
Research A rodent occasionally used in research
Vox populi A person used in any empirical situation, analogous to guinea pigs, which in fact have very limited usefulness as experimental animals; although use of the analogy has continued, the use of guinea pigs as test animals has not.
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Determining the sex of a guinea pig is fairly easy compared to some small mammals.
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Inspector Johnson is now appealing for anyone who knows who dumped the guinea pig to get in touch on 0300 123 8018.
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When our treatments finally ended, we Guinea Pigs went on to find jobs, marry and raise families in a civilian world which stared at our injuries and questioned our abilities.