Origin of gerbilFrench gerbille from Modern Latin gerbillus from gerbo, jerboa
- Any of various small, mouselike rodents of the genus Gerbillus and other genera of the subfamily Gerbillinae, having long hind legs and a long tail and inhabiting arid regions of Africa and Asia.
- A Mongolian jird (Meriones unguiculatus) of the subfamily Gerbillinae, commonly domesticated and kept as a pet.
Origin of gerbilFrench gerbille from New Latin Gerbillus genus name from diminutive of gerbō jerboa variant of Medieval Latin jerbōa ; see jerboa .
(third-person singular simple present gerbils, present participle gerbilling or gerbiling, simple past and past participle gerbilled or gerbiled)