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


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for jerboa


/ (dʒɜːˈbəʊə) /


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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