tamarisk-gerbil

tamarisk gerbil

noun
gerbil ( def 2 ).
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gerbil

[jur-buhl]
noun
1.
any of numerous small burrowing rodents of the genus Gerbillus and related genera, of Asia, Africa, and southern Russia, having long hind legs used for jumping.
2.
Also called tamarisk gerbil. a jird, Meriones unguiculatus, that is popular as a pet.
Also called sand rat.


Origin:
1840–50; < French gerbille < Neo-Latin gerbillus, diminutive of gerbo jerboa

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gerbil or gerbille (ˈdʒɜːbɪl)
 
n
any burrowing rodent of the subfamily Gerbillinae, inhabiting hot dry regions of Asia and Africa and having soft pale fur: family Cricetidae
 
[C19: from French gerbille, from New Latin gerbillus a little jerboa]
 
gerbille or gerbille
 
n
 
[C19: from French gerbille, from New Latin gerbillus a little jerboa]

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gerbil
1849, from Fr. gerbille, from Mod.L. Gerbillus, the genus name, from gerbo, from Ar. yarbu.
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