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guinea pig

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TRANSLATION

guinea pig = Versuchskanninchen guinea pig = Meerschweinchen --- Google guinea pig: 7,520,000 Hits

STATISTICS

IN THE PRESS

But some security experts are troubled by Microsoft's decision to deliver prerelease software to millions of Windows users without clearly notifying them. People may not realize they are participating in a trial and have in essence become unsuspecting GUINEA PIGS, they said.

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guinea pig (informal)
noun

1) a person used in a scientific test, usually to discover the effect of a drug on humans

2) a small animal covered in fur with rounded ears, short legs, and no tail, often kept as a pet by children

Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary

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The domestic guinea pig or simply guinea pig (Cavia porcellus), also known as cavy, is a species of rodent belonging to the family Caviidae and the genus Cavia.

Despite their common name, these animals are not in the pig family Suidae, nor do they come from Guinea in Africa. They originated in the Andes of South America; studies based on biochemistry and hybridization suggest they are domestic descendants of a closely related species and therefore do not exist naturally in the wild.

The domestic guinea pig plays an important role in the folk culture of many indigenous South American groups, especially as a food source, but also in folk medicine and in community religious ceremonies.

In Western societies, the domestic guinea pig has enjoyed widespread popularity as a household pet since its introduction by European traders in the 16th century.

Their docile nature; friendly, even affectionate responsiveness to handling and feeding; and the relative ease of caring for them continue to make guinea pigs a popular pet.

Organizations devoted to competitive breeding of guinea pigs have been formed worldwide, and many specialized breeds with varying coat colors and textures are cultivated by breeders.

adapted from Wikipedia


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