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1A burrowing mouselike rodent that is specially adapted to living in arid conditions, found in Africa and Asia.
- ‘At school, our classroom had a small rodent zoo consisting of two rabbits, three hamsters, a litter of baby gerbils and a guinea pig.’
- ‘While most of us are all too willing to cuddle guinea pigs, rabbits, gerbils, pet mice and even ferrets, brown rats produce a reaction of almost universal revulsion.’
- ‘In this study we measured the strategy-specific foraging traits of gerbils under both laboratory conditions and in the field.’
- ‘According to Dr. Ritzman, gerbils are capable of living in either same-gender or mixed-gender groups but may fight if crowded or mixed as adults.’
- ‘Although allergies to cats are the most common, people can also be allergic to dogs and small animals such as gerbils and guinea pigs.’
2another term for jird
Mid 19th century: from French gerbille, from modern Latin gerbillus, diminutive of gerboa (see jerboa).
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