gerbil

noun
ger·​bil | \ ˈjər-bəl How to pronounce gerbil (audio) \
variants: or less commonly gerbille

Definition of gerbil

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

Examples of gerbil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the center of my experiment was one Hubert Lee, a gerbil named in part after my sister’s boyfriend at the time. Debra Hale-shelton, Arkansas Online, 25 Oct. 2020 On Twitter, Young credited the gerbil museum created by curator Filippo Lorenzin and artist Marianna Benetti for sparking her creativity. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Apr. 2020 The gerbil gallery is, of course, a bit too petite to accommodate in-person human visitors. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Apr. 2020 Luckily for the hungry rodents, all of the museum’s building materials—a mash-up of cardboard, paper and wood—were gerbil-friendly, reports Sarah Cascone for artnet News. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Apr. 2020 Tofu, a gerbil who lives in Bay Village with owner Anna Evans. cleveland, 8 May 2020 What the pandemic has wrought: a museum for gerbils. Los Angeles Times, 11 Apr. 2020 Of course these cardio benefits are just for dogs -- not cats, horses, gerbils and the like. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 20 Feb. 2020 What do two art lovers with two gerbil pets do with hours to spare while in novel coronavirus (COVID-19) quarantine in London? Hilary Shenfeld, PEOPLE.com, 21 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of gerbil

1827, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gerbil

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

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“Gerbil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gerbil. Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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gerbil

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gerbil

: a small animal that is often kept as a pet

gerbil

noun
ger·​bil | \ ˈjər-bəl How to pronounce gerbil (audio) \

Kids Definition of gerbil

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

gerbil

noun
ger·​bil
variants: also gerbille \ ˈjər-​bəl How to pronounce gerbil (audio) \

Medical Definition of gerbil

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

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