jer·​boa jər-ˈbō-ə How to pronounce jerboa (audio)
: any of several social nocturnal jumping rodents (family Dipodidae) of arid parts of Asia and northern Africa having a long tail and long hind legs

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Word History


New Latin, from Arabic yarbūʽ

First Known Use

1662, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of jerboa was in 1662

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“Jerboa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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jer·​boa jər-ˈbō-ə How to pronounce jerboa (audio)
: any of several social jumping rodents of dry regions of Asia and northern Africa with long hind legs and a long tail that are active at night

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