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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