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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  • jird — n. Any of several North African gerbils. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • jird — noun gerbil of northern Africa • Hypernyms: ↑gerbil, ↑gerbille • Member Holonyms: ↑Meriones, ↑genus Meriones * * * ˈji(ə)rd noun ( s) Etymol …   Useful english dictionary

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  • jird — n. gerbil native to North Africa …   English contemporary dictionary

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