jird


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jird

 (jûrd)
n.
Any of various small burrowing rodents chiefly of the genus Meriones found in arid regions of Africa and Asia, having large dark eyes and a long furry tail and including the domesticated gerbil.

[Colloquial Maghrebi Arabic jird, rat, jird, ultimately from Arabic juraḏ; see grḏ in Semitic roots.]

jird

(dʒɜːd)
n
(Zoology) a rodent, similar to a Mongolian gerbil
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.jird - gerbil of northern Africa
gerbil, gerbille - small Old World burrowing desert rodent with long soft pale fur and hind legs adapted for leaping
genus Meriones, Meriones - a genus of Cricetidae
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Sub-periodic strain of Brugia malayi was maintained in Mastomys coucha and jirds (Meriones unguiculatus) through Aedes aegypti mosquitoes (Murthy et al.
Summary: BEIRUT: MP Mouin al-Merhebi confirmed that ElectricitE du Liban (EDL) supplied the Jird al-Kaiteh region with electricity all Wednesday night without justifying the outages that had occurred prior to that for an entire week.
Habitat-dependent differences in architecture and microclimate of the burrows of Sundevall's jird (Meriones crassus) (Rodentia: Gerbillinae) in the Negev Desert, Israel.