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gerbil

/ˈdʒɜːbɪl/
noun
1.
any burrowing rodent of the subfamily Gerbillinae, inhabiting hot dry regions of Asia and Africa and having soft pale fur: family Cricetidae
Word Origin
C19: from French gerbille, from New Latin gerbillus a little jerboa
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