cobaya

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Spanish[edit]

Dos cobayas.

Etymology[edit]

From an American Indian language, likely Old Tupi çabuia, sabuia with loss of the initial cedilla. Compare Portuguese cobaia.

Pronunciation[edit]

 
  • IPA(key): (everywhere but Argentina and Uruguay) /koˈbaʝa/, [koˈβ̞a.ʝa]
  • IPA(key): (Buenos Aires and environs) /koˈbaʃa/, [koˈβ̞a.ʃa]
  • IPA(key): (elsewhere in Argentina and Uruguay) /koˈbaʒa/, [koˈβ̞a.ʒa]
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  • Noun[edit]

    cobaya f (plural cobayas)

    1. (zoology) guinea pig (animal)
      Synonyms: cobayo, conejillo de Indias, curí, cuy
    2. (cooking) guinea pig meat, eaten in may parts of Latin America
    3. (figuratively) guinea pig (person used for experimentation)

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