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

 

gerbil

 noun
noun
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 Origin mid 19th cent.: from French gerbille, from modern Latin gerbillus, diminutive of gerboa, from Arabic yarbū“.
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