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
British Dictionary definitions for jerboa
Word Origin for jerboa
Word Origin and History 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.