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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`]
jer•bo•a(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]
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|Noun||1.||jerboa - mouselike jumping rodent |
gnawer, rodent - relatively small placental mammals having a single pair of constantly growing incisor teeth specialized for gnawing
typical jerboa - small nocturnal jumping rodent with long hind legs; of arid parts of Asia and northern Africa
Jaculus jaculus - a variety of jerboa