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1. Any of various small, mouselike rodents of the genus Gerbillus and other genera of the subfamily Gerbillinae, having long hind legs and a long tail and inhabiting arid regions of Africa and Asia.
2. A Mongolian jird (Meriones unguiculatus) of the subfamily Gerbillinae, commonly domesticated and kept as a pet.
[French gerbille, from New Latin Gerbillus, genus name, from diminutive of gerbō, jerboa, variant of Medieval Latin jerbōa; see jerboa.]
(Animals) any burrowing rodent of the subfamily Gerbillinae, inhabiting hot dry regions of Asia and Africa and having soft pale fur: family Cricetidae
[C19: from French gerbille, from New Latin gerbillus a little jerboa]
any small burrowing cricetid rodent of the subfamily Gerbilinae, with long hind legs, popular as a pet.
[1840–50; < French gerbille < New Latin gerbillus, diminutive of gerbo jerboa]
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|Noun||1.||gerbil - small Old World burrowing desert rodent with long soft pale fur and hind legs adapted for leaping|
gnawer, rodent - relatively small placental mammals having a single pair of constantly growing incisor teeth specialized for gnawing
jird - gerbil of northern Africa
gerbil[ˈdʒɜːrbɪl] n → gerbille f
n → Wüstenspringmaus f