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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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Rodents (except marmots, ground squirrels, long-clawed squirrels, jirds and voles).
She said that bipedal jerboas and quadrupedal jirds share the same habitat, predators, food source, and active hours and it appears that their different forms of locomotion create differing predator evasion abilities, allowing jerboas to forage further from their burrows, thus limiting interspecific competition.
Sub-periodic strain of Brugia malayi was maintained in Mastomys coucha and jirds (Meriones unguiculatus) through Aedes aegypti mosquitoes (Murthy et al.
shawii jirds have been shown to be a plague-resistant species (5) and thus are an efficient reservoir for Y.
Parasites: The Brugia malayi life cycle was established and maintained in jirds (Meriones unguiculatus) and mastomys (Mastomys natelansis) using mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti) as a vector by standard methods (16,17).
If your gerbils are Shaw's jirds, these are slightly different.
THE centre has lots of small animals including gerbils, hamsters, mice, chipmunks, jirds and degus all looking for new permanent homes.