gerbil

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noun ger·bil \ˈjər-bəl\
variants: or less commonly

gerbille

Definition of gerbil

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

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Origin and Etymology of gerbil

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


GERBIL Defined for English Language Learners

gerbil

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Definition of gerbil for English Language Learners

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


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
variants: also

gerbille

\ˈjər-bəl\play

Medical Definition of gerbil

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



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