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gerbil

noun ger·bil \ˈjər-bəl\

Simple Definition of gerbil

  • : a small animal that is often kept as a pet

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of gerbil

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

Variants of gerbil

also gerbille play \ˈjər-bəl\

Origin of gerbil

French gerbille, from New Latin Gerbillus, diminutive of gerboa, jerboa jerboa


First Known Use: 1849

Rhymes with gerbil


GERBIL Defined for Kids

gerbil

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noun ger·bil \ˈjər-bəl\

Definition of gerbil for Students

  1. :  a small Old World leaping desert rodent that is often kept as a pet




Medical Dictionary

gerbil

noun ger·bil

Medical Definition of gerbil

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



Variants of gerbil

also gerbille \ˈjər-bəl\play

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