desert rat

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desert rat (plural desert rats)

  1. One of various mouselike rodents species inhabiting deserts:
    1. A gerbil (Gerbillinae) of the deserts of Africa and Asia
    2. A kangaroo rat (Dipodomys) from North America
    3. A Natal multimammate mouse (Mastomys natalensis) from Africa
    4. A jerboa, including species such as Jaculus orientalis and the lesser Egyptian jerboa, Jaculus jaculus, which inhabit the desert regions of North Africa.
  2. A British or Australian soldier who served in North Africa with the British 7th Armoured Division in 1941-42.


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