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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'.]
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(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`]
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(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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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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