A gerbil is a small mammal of the order Rodentia. Once known simply as `desert rats`, the gerbil subfamily includes about 110 species of African, Indian, and Asian rodents, including sand rats and jirds, all of which are adapted to arid habitats. Most are primarily diurnal (though some, including the common household pet, do exhibit crepuscular .....Found on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerbil
- small Old World burrowing desert rodent with long soft pale fur and hind legs adapted for leapingFound on http://www.webdictionary.co.uk/definition.php?query=gerbil
• (n.) Alt. of GerbilleFound on http://thinkexist.com/dictionary/meaning/gerbil/
small Old World burrowing desert rodent with long soft pale fur and hind legs adapted for leapingFound on http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=gerbil
(jẽr'bĭl), Ger`bille' (zhar`bel') noun [ French gerbille . Confer Jerboa .] (Zoology) One of several species of small, jumping, murine rodents, of the genus Gerbillus . In their leaping powers they resemble the jerboa. They inhabit Africa...
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A name applied to any of 13 genera of small rodents (subfamily Gerbillinae) from Africa and Asia; they resemble jerboas or kangaroo rats and can survive without drinking water. ... Origin: Mod. L. Gerbillus, fr. Arab. ... (05 Mar 2000) ...
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any of more than 110 species of African, Indian, and Asian rodents, including sand rats and jirds, all of which are adapted to arid habitats. One ... [2 related articles]
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Any of numerous rodents with elongated back legs, good at hopping or jumping. Gerbils range from mouse- to rat-size, and have hairy tails. Many of the 13 genera live in dry, sandy, or sparsely vegetated areas of Africa and Asia. (Family Cricetidae.) The Mongolian jird or gerbil (Meriones unguiculatus) is a popular pet
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gerbil (jûr'bil) , small desert rodent found throughout the hot arid regions of Africa and Asia. Also known as sand rats, gerbils have large eyes and powerful, elongated hind limbs upon which they can spring. Gerbils are 3 to 5 in. (7.6–12.7 cm) long, excluding the long tufted tail, a...
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