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Any of various small nocturnal leaping rodents of the family Dipodidae of Asia and northern Africa, having long hind legs and a long tufted tail.

[Medieval Latin jerbōa, from Arabic jarbū'.]


(Animals) any small nocturnal burrowing rodent of the family Dipodidae, inhabiting dry regions of Asia and N Africa, having pale sandy fur, large ears, and long hind legs specialized for jumping
[C17: from New Latin, from Arabic yarbū`]


(dʒərˈboʊ ə, dʒɛr-)

n., pl. -bo•as.
any small leaping rodent of the family Dipodidae, of N Africa and Asia, with a long tail and long hind legs.
[1655–65; < New Latin < Arabic yarbū‘; compare gerbil]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.jerboa - mouselike jumping rodentjerboa - mouselike jumping rodent    
gnawer, rodent - relatively small placental mammals having a single pair of constantly growing incisor teeth specialized for gnawing
Dipodidae, family Dipodidae - Old World jerboas
typical jerboa - small nocturnal jumping rodent with long hind legs; of arid parts of Asia and northern Africa
Jaculus jaculus - a variety of jerboa
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2012) also reported the change in body weight with changing season in lesser jerboa and the animal gained the greater body weights in spring and autumn as compared to that of summer and could be attributed to the food availability.
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Present study aimed to address molecular diversities of the small five-toed jerboa Allactaga elater Lichtenstein, 1825, and the Toussi jerboa Allactaga toussi Darvish et al.
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Comparable or even higher plasma levels than in the water-replete or water-deprived rat have been reported for the gerbil and jerboa (El-Husseini and Haggag, 1974; Baddouri et al.
Furthermore, some schools extend these directives through the juristic principle of analogy (qiyas), so that the hadiths referring to mice are understood to cover all rodents except, for some reason, the jerboa.
Meanwhile, in New Zealand, young fur seals have stumbled across a safe haven in which they can learn how to avoid predators, while deep in the Gobi Desert, the long-eared jerboa learns to use its impeccable hearing to catch insect pray.
This first episode also contains elephants, some cute lion cubs, an even cuter mouse-like creature, the Long-Eared Jerboa, a baby humpbacked whale and some more meerkats.
In New Zealand, young fur seals find the perfect place to learn how to avoid predators like killer whales, while deep in the Gobi desert, the little–known long–eared jerboa has the largest ears relative to its body of any animal on earth.
Sigi meets other animals native to the desert, including camels, a hare, a jerboa, a desert sand fox, a sand cat, and a sand gecko.