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Answer for the clue "South American rodent", 4 letters:
cavy

Alternative clues for the word cavy

Guinea pig

Short-tailed rough-haired South American rodent

Word definitions for cavy in dictionaries

The Collaborative International Dictionary Word definitions in The Collaborative International Dictionary
Guinea pig \Guin"ea pig`\ [Prob. a mistake for Guiana pig.] (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...

Wiktionary Word definitions in Wiktionary
n. A guinea pig.

WordNet Word definitions in WordNet
n. short-tailed rough-haired South American rodent

Usage examples of cavy.

At the show of the Chicago Cat Club, small dogs and cavies are exhibited also, the Cavy Club and the Pet Dog Club having affiliated with the Chicago Cat Club.

A league farther on, and I heard the whistling of cavies, who had their holes among the rocky outcrops, and who thrust up brindled heads with sharp black eyes to warn their relatives of my coming.

At the show of the Chicago Cat Club, small dogs and cavies are exhibited also, the Cavy Club and the Pet Dog Club having affiliated with the Chicago Cat Club.

The Shadow ignored the cavies since there was no need to carry away live guinea pigs.

These cavies certainly appear to be in a state of suspended animation.

Therefore, The Shadow knew that Valdan must have been gradually eliminating the cavies that he kept on hand.

Ardlan plucked one of the cavies from its nest and held it close to the gush of gas.

Pens of pigs and goats, a large enclosure of chickens, ducks and geese in a pond, a few pens of cavies cooing and bubbling.

Maybe she'd been checking out the Brezhnev bears to see how those on sale in pet shops measured up against the ones that her bigshot hubby Hiram bred -- whether they seemed healthier, less healthy, or somehow subtly different from the Berthelot cavies.