Definition of gerbil noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈdʒɜːbɪl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒɜːrbɪl//
Pets, Domesticated mammals
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a small desert animal like a mouse, that is often kept as a pet See related entries: Pets, Domesticated mammals Word Originmid 19th cent.: from French gerbille, from modern Latin gerbillus, diminutive of gerboa, from Arabic yarbū“.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: gerbil