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Meaning of gerbil

ger•bil

Pronunciation: ( jûr'bul), [key]
— n.
  1. any of numerous small burrowing rodents of the genus Gerbillus and related genera, of Asia, Africa, and southern Russia, having long hind legs used for jumping.
  2. Also calleda jird, Meriones unguiculatus, that is popular as a pet. Also called
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