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[jer-boh-uh, jer-] /dʒərˈboʊ ə, dʒɛr-/

any of various mouselike rodents of North Africa and Asia, as of the genera Jaculus and Dipus, with long hind legs used for jumping.
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

small desert rodent, 1660s, Modern Latin, from Arabic jarbu “flesh of the loins,” also the name of a small jumping rodent of North Africa. Cf. gerbil.


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