SWEDISH WORD OF THE WEEK: WORD #210
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FÖRSÖKSKANIN (common gender/en-word, pl: försökskaniner)
1. laboratory rabbit, guinea pig (in the sense of a testing animal)
In German it's the same: Versuchskaninchen But actually in research and development one won't try things first on a rabbit. One will start with mice (before that cells).
What a coincidence. I just ran across this word in a book I was reading and looked up the translation which came up as guinea pig. At first I was confused why a guinea pig would be called a rabbit until I realized it wasn't a literal translation of the animal called a guinea pig but rather a metaphor for a test subject.