gundi

gundi

[guhn-dee]
noun, plural gundis.
either of two small desert rodents, Ctenodactylus gundi or C. vali, of northern Africa, living in dry, rocky areas and characterized by comblike bristles on the hind feet.

Origin:
< dialectal Arabic

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gundi

any of five North African species of rodents distinguished by its comblike rows of bristles on the inner two toes of each hindfoot. Gundis have a large head, blunt nose, big eyes, and short, rounded ears. The body is 16 to 24 cm (6.3 to 9.4 inches) long, and there is a short, furry tail (1 to 5 cm). Fur is dense, soft, and silky, ranging in colour from gray to pale brown.

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