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jerboa Syllabification: jer·bo·a
Pronunciation: /jərˈbōə/

Definition of jerboa in English:


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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, including the rough-legged (or northern three-toed) jerboa (Dipus sagitta)
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‘.

Words that rhyme with jerboa

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