• WordNet 3.6
    • n gerbille small Old World burrowing desert rodent with long soft pale fur and hind legs adapted for leaping
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gerbille (Zoöl) A rodent (Meriones unguiculatus) of the subfamily Gerbillinae that is commonly kept as a pet; it is also called the tamarisk gerbil sand rat and jird. Its natural habitats are the dry regions of Northern Africa and Asia.
    • Gerbille (Zoöl) One of several species of small, jumping, murine burrowing rodents, of the genus Gerbillus and related genera of the subfamily Gerbillinae. They have long soft pale fur and hind legs adapted for leaping. In their leaping powers they resemble the jerboa. They inhabit Africa, India, and Southern Europe.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. gerbille,. Cf. Jerboa


In literature:

The gerbilles were placed in a plant case, four feet long, with glass sides and top, through which their gambols could easily be seen.
"Wild Nature Won By Kindness" by Elizabeth Brightwen