jerboa

[ jer-boh-uh, jer- ]
/ dʒərˈboʊ ə, dʒɛr- /
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noun

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

1655–65; < New Latin < Arabic yarbūʿ; see gerbil
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British Dictionary definitions for jerboa

jerboa

/ (dʒɜːˈbəʊə) /

noun

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 for jerboa

C17: from New Latin, from Arabic yarbū`
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Word Origin and History for jerboa

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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