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tamarisk gerbil

noun
1.
gerbil (def 2).

gerbil

[jur-buh l] /ˈdʒɜr bəl/
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
1840-1850
1840-50; < French gerbille < New Latin gerbillus, diminutive of gerbo jerboa
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British Dictionary definitions for tamarisk-gerbil

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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Word Origin and History for tamarisk-gerbil

gerbil

n.

1849, from French gerbille, from Modern Latin Gerbillus, the genus name, from gerbo, from Arabic yarbu. Earlier English form, jarbuah (1660s), was directly from Arabic.

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