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Definition of "jerboa" []

  • Any of various small nocturnal leaping rodents of the family Dipodidae of Asia and northern Africa, having long hind legs and a long tufted tail. (noun)
  • Any small nocturnal burrowing rodent of the family Dipodidae, inhabiting dry regions of Asia and N Africa, having pale sandy fur, large ears, and long hind legs specialized for jumping (noun)

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Use "jerboa" in a sentence
  • "One who knows anything about the structure of animals 'bodies need not be told that the jerboa is a rodent."
  • "As the new-comer got on his feet again my hope gained new life, and now our jerboa is my delight."
  • "a marsupial which lives in thick, dark forests, where it feeds upon leaves and fruit; and the tarsier, a kind of jerboa, a very harmless, inoffensive little animal with reddish-coloured hair, about the size of a rat, but whose body bears some resemblance to that of an ape."