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Prolagus commented on the word conejillo de indias
In Italian, porcellino d'India (Indian piglet).
September 21, 2008
sionnach commented on the word conejillo de indias
a guinea pig (literally, "little rabbit of the Indies"; compare with the German "Meerschweinchen", or "little pig of the sea"). All of these terms seem inaccurate to some degree, for an animal that is neither pig nor rabbit, nor particularly pelagic, Indian nor from Guinea.