jerboa definition

  • noun:
    • some of various small nocturnal jumping rodents associated with the family Dipodidae of Asia and north Africa, having long hind legs and a lengthy tufted tail.
    • A small, mouse-like, jumping rodent (family members Dipodidae) resembling a miniature kangaroo, having a long tufted end, very small fore foot, but lengthy hind legs, native to the deserts of Asia and north Africa.
    • Any tiny bouncing rodent of the genus Dipus, esp. Dipus Ægyptius, that is common in Egypt together with adjacent nations. The jerboas have very long hind feet and a long tail.
    • A rodent quadruped of the family Dipodidœ, subfamily Dipodinœ, and particularly for the genus Dipus; a gerbil, or jumping-mouse of old world.
    • mouselike leaping rodent

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