Definition of Gerbil

1. Noun. Small Old World burrowing desert rodent with long soft pale fur and hind legs adapted for leaping.

Exact synonyms: Gerbille
Generic synonyms: Gnawer, Rodent
Group relationships: Gerbillinae, Subfamily Gerbillinae
Specialized synonyms: Jird, Meriones Unguiculatus, Tamarisk Gerbil, Meriones Longifrons, Sand Rat



Definition of Gerbil

1. n. 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.

Definition of Gerbil

1. Noun. (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. ¹

2. Verb. To rotate inside a monowheel or similar apparatus due to sudden acceleration or braking. ¹

3. Verb. (slang) To insert a small animal into the rectum of a person. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Gerbil

1. a burrowing rodent [n -S]

Medical Definition of Gerbil

1. 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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Lexicographical Neighbors of Gerbil

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gerbil (current term)
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gerboa
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gerdon
gerdons

Literary usage of Gerbil

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1. Mammalian Models for Research on Aging by Bennett J. Cohen, Institute Of Laboratory Animal Resources, National Research Council Staff (1981)
"The gerbil's noteworthy relatives occupy the genera Ger- ... The gerbil was originally found in "la Mongolie Chi- noise," possibly a reference to what is ..."

2. Natural Emirates: Wildlife and Environment of the United Arab Emirates by Peter Vine (1996)
"Another gerbil that is widespread in the area, and occupies similar habitats, is the Baluchistan gerbil ..."

3. The Animal Kingdom Arranged in Conformity with Its Organization by Georges Cuvier, Pierre André Latreille (1831)
"(The India gerbil.) Size of the fat Dormouse ; fawn coloured above, ... (The gerbil of the Pyramids.) The hind feet more elongated ; size of the fat ..."

4. Somaliland: Being an Account of Two Expeditions Into the Far Interior by Charles Victor Alexander Peel (1900)
"The Bright Red gerbil ... The Dust-coloured gerbil (gerbillus ... The Unwarlike gerbil (gerbillus imbellis), sp. n. Discovered by the author at Goodar (4500 ..."

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