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jerboa

[jer-boh-uh, jer-] /dʒərˈboʊ ə, dʒɛr-/
noun
1.
any of various mouselike rodents of North Africa and Asia, as of the genera Jaculus and Dipus, with long hind legs used for jumping.
Origin of jerboa
1655-1665
1655-65; < New Latin < Arabic yarbūʿ; see gerbil
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  • Some commentators on the Old Testament translate the word Akbar as jerboa.

    Bible Animals; J. G. Wood
  • That the jerboa may be one of the Akbarim is rendered likely by the prohibition in Lev.

    Bible Animals; J. G. Wood
  • A most unusual family of skilled house-builders are the brush-tailed rat-kangaroos, or jerboa kangaroos of Australia and Tasmania.

  • Like their great cousins—the kangaroos—Mrs. jerboa often carries her babies on her back when she goes out to seek food.

  • Their hind-legs are much shorter than those of the jerboa, and their tail is garnished with but a few short, stiff hairs.

    The Desert World Arthur Mangin
  • A double parallel to this modification is seen in the jerboa among the ungulates, and in the kangaroo among the marsupials.

    The Wonders of Life Ernst Haeckel
  • A little later he was surprised to observe that the animal "went only upon two legs, making vast bounds just as the jerboa does."

  • The animal suggests a large jerboa in appearance on account of its jumping habits, the long hind-limbs, and the long tail.

  • The jerboa has very long hind legs, and a habit of jumping, so that it resembles superficially (but not really) a small kangaroo.

  • As the new-comer got on his feet again my hope gained new life, and now our jerboa is my delight.

British Dictionary definitions for jerboa

jerboa

/dʒɜːˈbəʊə/
noun
1.
any small nocturnal burrowing rodent of the family Dipodidae, inhabiting dry regions of Asia and N Africa, having pale sandy fur, large ears, and long hind legs specialized for jumping
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin, from Arabic yarbū`
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Word Origin and History for jerboa
n.

small desert rodent, 1660s, Modern Latin, from Arabic jarbu "flesh of the loins," also the name of a small jumping rodent of North Africa. Cf. gerbil.

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