Definition of gerbil in English:

gerbil

Syllabification: ger·bil
Pronunciation: /ˈjərbəl
 
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noun

  • 1A burrowing mouselike rodent that is specially adapted to living in arid conditions, found in Africa and Asia.
    • Subfamily Gerbillinae, family Muridae: several genera, in particular Gerbillus
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    • In this study we measured the strategy-specific foraging traits of gerbils under both laboratory conditions and in the field.
    • While most of us are all too willing to cuddle guinea pigs, rabbits, gerbils, pet mice and even ferrets, brown rats produce a reaction of almost universal revulsion.
    • At school, our classroom had a small rodent zoo consisting of two rabbits, three hamsters, a litter of baby gerbils and a guinea pig.
  • 2 another term for jird.

Origin

mid 19th century: from French gerbille, from modern Latin gerbillus, diminutive of gerboa (see jerboa).

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