sand rat
Gerbil Ger"bil (j[~e]r"b[i^]l), Gerbille Ger`bille" (zh[asl]r`b[-e]l"), n. [F. gerbille. Cf. {Jerboa}.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) One of several species of small, jumping, murine burrowing rodents, of the genus {Gerbillus} and related genera of the subfamily {Gerbillinae}. They have long soft pale fur and hind legs adapted for leaping. In their leaping powers they resemble the jerboa. They inhabit Africa, India, and Southern Europe. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]

2. (Zo["o]l.) A rodent ({Meriones unguiculatus}) of the subfamily {Gerbillinae} that is commonly kept as a pet; it is also called the {tamarisk gerbil}, {sand rat} and {jird}. Its natural habitats are the dry regions of Northern Africa and Asia. [PJC]


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  • Sand rat — Sand Sand, n. [AS. sand; akin to D. zand, G. sand, OHG. sant, Icel. sandr, Dan. & Sw. sand, Gr. ?.] 1. Fine particles of stone, esp. of siliceous stone, but not reduced to dust; comminuted stone in the form of loose grains, which are not coherent …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sand Rat — Taxobox | name = Sand Rat status= secure fossil range = Late Miocene Recent regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Mammalia ordo = Rodentia superfamilia = Muroidea familia = Muridae subfamilia = Gerbillinae genus = Psammomys species = P.… …   Wikipedia

  • sand rat — noun 1. small nearly naked African mole rat of desert areas • Hypernyms: ↑rodent, ↑gnawer • Member Holonyms: ↑Heterocephalus, ↑genus Heterocephalus 2. southern European gerbil • Syn: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • sand rat — pilksidabrė šviesbija statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Heliophobius argenteocinereus angl. sand rat; silvery mole rat rus. серебристо серый тенелюб ryšiai: platesnis terminas – šviesbijos …   Žinduolių pavadinimų žodynas

  • sand rat — 1. gerbil. 2. See naked mole rat. 3. any of various desert rodents. [1775 85] * * * ▪ rodent       either of two species of gerbils (gerbil) in the genus Psammomys. * * * …   Universalium

  • sand rat —    British a cheap prostitute    Army use in the Far East, from the prevalent rodent in bashas, or sleeping huts:     The few cases that were contracted were with the Burmese and Chinese sand rats. (F. Richards, 1936, writing of venereal disease) …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • Thin Sand Rat — Taxobox name = Thin Sand Rat status = DD | status system = IUCN3.1 regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Mammalia ordo = Rodentia familia = Muridae genus = Psammomys species = P. vexillaris binomial = Psammomys vexillaris binomial… …   Wikipedia

  • diurnal sand rat — dieninė smiltpelė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Psammomys obesus angl. diurnal sand rat; fat sand rat vok. Sandrennmaus rus. дневная песчанка ryšiai: platesnis terminas – dieninės smiltpelės …   Žinduolių pavadinimų žodynas

  • fat sand rat — dieninė smiltpelė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Psammomys obesus angl. diurnal sand rat; fat sand rat vok. Sandrennmaus rus. дневная песчанка ryšiai: platesnis terminas – dieninės smiltpelės …   Žinduolių pavadinimų žodynas

  • naked sand rat — plikasis smėlrausis statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Heterocephalus glaber angl. naked mole rat; naked sand rat vok. Nacktmull rus. голый землекоп pranc. rat nu de sable ryšiai: platesnis terminas –… …   Žinduolių pavadinimų žodynas

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