Definition of jerboa in English:


Line breaks: jer¦boa
Pronunciation: /dʒəːˈbəʊə
, ˈdʒəːbəʊə


A desert-dwelling rodent with very long hind legs that enable it to walk upright and perform long jumps, found from North Africa to central Asia.
  • Family Dipodidae: several genera and species
More example sentences
  • The family Dipodidae includes the birch mice, jumping mice, and jerboas, a total of around 51 species in 15 genera.
  • In early 1940 the division took as its emblem the jerboa or desert rat.
  • Macalister says that the muscle is especially developed in leaping animals such as the kangaroo, jerboa, macrocelides.


mid 17th century: modern Latin, from Arabic yarbū‘.

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