Gerbil Ger"bil (j[~e]r"b[i^]l), Gerbille Ger`bille" (zh[asl]r`b[-e]l"), n. [F. gerbille. Cf. {Jerboa}.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) One of several species of small, jumping, murine burrowing rodents, of the genus {Gerbillus} and related genera of the subfamily {Gerbillinae}. They have long soft pale fur and hind legs adapted for leaping. In their leaping powers they resemble the jerboa. They inhabit Africa, India, and Southern Europe. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]

2. (Zo["o]l.) A rodent ({Meriones unguiculatus}) of the subfamily {Gerbillinae} that is commonly kept as a pet; it is also called the {tamarisk gerbil}, {sand rat} and {jird}. Its natural habitats are the dry regions of Northern Africa and Asia. [PJC]

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  • gerbille — [ ʒɛrbij ] n. f. • 1804; lat. zool. gerbillus, de gerboa → gerboise ♦ Petit rongeur des savanes et des déserts apparenté aux rats et souris. Gerbille de l Inde. Petite gerbille d Égypte. ● gerbille nom féminin (latin scientifique gerbillus, de… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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  • gerbille — noun see gerbil …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • gerbille — (jèr bi ll , ll mouillées) s. f. Espèce de rongeur …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • gerbille — n. any of a number of small burrowing rodents often kept as pets (native to Asia and Africa) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • gerbille — ger·bille …   English syllables

  • gerbille — noun small Old World burrowing desert rodent with long soft pale fur and hind legs adapted for leaping • Syn: ↑gerbil • Hypernyms: ↑rodent, ↑gnawer • Hyponyms: ↑jird, ↑tamarisk gerbil, ↑Merion …   Useful english dictionary

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