also gerbille noun Etymology: French gerbille, from New Latin Gerbillus, diminutive of gerboa, jerboa jerboa Date: 1849 any of numerous Old World burrowing desert rodents (Gerbillus and related genera) with long hind legs adapted for leaping

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gerbil — GERBÍL s. m. mic rozător din regiunile stepice ale Africii. (< fr. gerbille) Trimis de raduborza, 15.09.2007. Sursa: MDN …   Dicționar Român

  • gerbil — 1849, from Fr. gerbille, from Mod.L. Gerbillus, the genus name, from gerbo, from Arabic yarbu. Earlier English form, jarbuah (1660s), was directly from Arabic …   Etymology dictionary

  • gerbil — ► NOUN ▪ a burrowing mouse like desert rodent. ORIGIN Latin gerbillus little jerboa …   English terms dictionary

  • gerbil — or gerbille [jʉr′bəl] n. [Fr gerbille < ModL gerbillus < gerbo, JERBOA] any of a subfamily (Gerbillinae, family Cricetidae) of burrowing rodents, with long hind legs and hairy tail, native to Africa and Asia: often kept as a pet …   English World dictionary

  • Gerbil — Taxobox name = Gerbil fossil range = Late Miocene Recent image width = 250px regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Mammalia ordo = Rodentia superfamilia = Muroidea familia = Muridae subfamilia = Gerbillinae subfamilia authority = Gray,… …   Wikipedia

  • gerbil — /jerr beuhl/, n. 1. any of numerous small burrowing rodents of the genus Gerbillus and related genera, of Asia, Africa, and southern Russia, having long hind legs used for jumping. 2. Also called tamarisk gerbil. a jird, Meriones unguiculatus,… …   Universalium

  • gerbil — UK [ˈdʒɜː(r)b(ə)l] / US [ˈdʒɜrb(ə)l] noun [countable] Word forms gerbil : singular gerbil plural gerbils a small animal like a mouse with long back legs, that children often keep as a pet …   English dictionary

  • gerbil — [[t]ʤɜ͟ː(r)bɪl[/t]] gerbils N COUNT A gerbil is a small, furry animal that is often kept as a pet …   English dictionary

  • Gerbil — Rennmäuse Mongolische Rennmaus (Meriones unguiculatus) Systematik Überordnung: Euarchontoglires …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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