Gerbil meaning

jûr'bəl
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.
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A Mongolian jird (Meriones unguiculatus) of the subfamily Gerbillinae, commonly domesticated and kept as a pet.
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Any of a subfamily (Gerbillinae, family Cricetidae) of burrowing rodents, with long hind legs and hairy tail, native to Africa and Asia: often kept as a pet.
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(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, India, and Southern Europe.
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To rotate inside a monowheel or similar apparatus due to sudden acceleration or braking.
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(slang) To insert a small animal into the rectum of a person.
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Origin of gerbil

  • French gerbille from New Latin Gerbillus genus name from diminutive of gerbō jerboa variant of Medieval Latin jerbōa jerboa
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • French gerbille, from Latin gerbo, from Arabic يربوع (yarbūʕ, “jerboa”).
    From Wiktionary