Origin of jerboa
Examples from the Web for jerboa
The jerboa has very long hind legs, and a habit of jumping, so that it resembles superficially (but not really) a small kangaroo.
The animal suggests a large Jerboa in appearance on account of its jumping habits, the long hind-limbs, and the long tail.The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia|Frank Evers Beddard
Secondly, the jerboa, which has four toes on the fore-feet, and three on those behind.Buffon's Natural History. Volume VIII (of 10)|Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
As we were crossing this our dogs started a jerboa, and, little creature though it is, it gave them much trouble to catch it.A Pilgrimage to Nejd, Vol. 1 [of 2]|Anne Blunt
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
Word Origin for jerboa
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.