gerbil

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ger·bil

noun \ˈjər-bəl\

: a small animal that is often kept as a pet

Full Definition of GERBIL

:  any of numerous Old World burrowing desert rodents (Gerbillus and related genera) with long hind legs adapted for leaping

Variants of GERBIL

ger·bil also ger·bille \ˈjər-bəl\

Origin of GERBIL

French gerbille, from New Latin Gerbillus, diminutive of gerboa, jerboa jerboa
First Known Use: 1849

Rhymes with GERBIL

ger·bil

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of GERBIL

: any of numerous Old World burrowing desert rodents (Gerbillus and related genera) with long hind legs adapted for leaping

Variants of GERBIL

ger·bil also ger·bille \ˈjər-bəl\

gerbil

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of almost 100 species (subfamily Gerbillinae) of burrowing mouselike rodents found in Africa and Asia, usually in dry, sandy areas but also in grasslands, cultivated fields, or forests. Gerbils have large eyes and ears and soft, brown or grayish fur. Most are 4–6 in. (10–15 cm) long, excluding the long, hairy tail. Many species have long hind legs used for leaping. Gerbils feed primarily on seeds, roots, and other plant material. One species (Meriones unguiculatus) is a popular pet. The great gerbil (Rhombomys opimus) sometimes damages crops and embankments in Russia, and members of one African genus (Tatera) are possible carriers of bubonic plague.

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