Where Did Guinea Pigs Get Their Name?

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According to some theories, the guinea pigs got their name from Britain because they were imported to Britain from Dutch Guiana in the 16th century. The word guinea may be a changed version of Guiana, or that during those days in Britain, the term guinea actually meant anything 'foreign'.
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The guinea pig, also known as a Cavy, originated in the Andes. Guinea pigs are a source of food and folk medicine in South America, and are also used in religious ceremonies.
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When guinea pigs first were bred in England, each one cost one "guinea" which was a kind of coin. Guinea pigs actually don't even come from New Guinea.
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Many people think that guinea pigs came from Guinea or New Guinea because of their name, but they really didn't. Guinea pigs originated from South America and the Andes Mountains
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Guinea pigs are neither from New Guinea nor are they pigs, but there are many
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The origin of "guinea" in "guinea pig" is hard to explain.
One theory is that the animals were brought to Europe by way of Guinea, leading people to think they had originated there. "Guinea" was also frequently used in English to refer generally to any far-off, unknown country...
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