jerboa

noun
jer·boa | \jər-ˈbō-ə, jer-\

Definition of jerboa 

: 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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Try not to squeal when one lunges for a jerboa that runs across the frame in this video. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Watch First Video of Sand Cat Kittens Romping in the Wild," 12 Oct. 2017 The long-eared jerboa’s body is up to 3.5 inches (8.9 centimeters) long, while its tail is twice that long, at up to 6.4 inches (16 centimeters). Chris Mattison, National Geographic, "Nice Caboose: Animals With the Longest Tails," 30 Apr. 2016

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First Known Use of jerboa

1662, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jerboa

New Latin, from Arabic yarbūʽ

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