rat, gerbil, guinea pig?


Senior Member
vietnam- vietnamese
Hi. Could someone please tell me what is the difference between rat, gerbil and guinea pig? Are there still any other confusing names for my avatar? Thank you
  • cuchuflete

    Senior Member

    small Old World burrowing desert rodent with long soft pale fur and hind legs adapted for leaping
    1 guinea pig, Cavia cobaya

    stout-bodied nearly tailless domesticated cavy; often kept as a pet and widely used in research

    any of various long-tailed rodents similar to but larger than a mouse
    All of the above are from WordNet, the WR source for English definitions.


    Senior Member
    USA - English
    The rat, the guinea pig, and the gerbil are entirely different animals. Your avatar may resemble all three of them, but it cannot be a picture of more than one of these creatures -- and (if the picture is actually of a mouse, or a hamster, or something else) it may not be a picture of any of them at all.
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