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Guinea pig   /gˈɪni pɪg/   Listen
Guinea pig

A person who is subjected to experimental or other observational procedures; someone who is an object of investigation.  Synonyms: case, subject.  "The cases that we studied were drawn from two different communities"
Stout-bodied nearly tailless domesticated cavy; often kept as a pet and widely used in research.  Synonym: Cavia cobaya.

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"Guinea pig" Quotes from Famous Books

... old and put the new in its place, or we retain only a more or less vigorous breath of the old with the new. Such images go far back; even animals possess them. One day my small son came with his exciting information that his guinea pig, well known as a stupid beast, could count. He tried to prove this by removing the six young from their mother and hiding them so that she could not see what happened to them. Then he took one of the six, hid it, and brought the remaining five back to the old lady. She smelled ...
— Robin Hood • J. Walker McSpadden

... the eyes of the pastel—the beautiful pastel that seemed to fill with a real presence the rich autumnal leaves where the jays darted and screamed. The twisted columns of the bed rose, burdened with great weight of fringes and curtains, the python devoured a guinea pig, the last I gave him; the great white cat came to me. I said all this must go, must henceforth be to me an abandoned dream, a something, not more real than a summer meditation. So be it, and, as ...
— Confessions of a Young Man • George Moore

Words linked to "Guinea pig" :   somebody, mortal, person, subject, cavy, soul, individual, case, someone, Cavia cobaya

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