gerbil

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English[edit]

A gerbil.

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Etymology[edit]

French gerbille, from Latin gerbo, from Arabic جَرْبُوع (jarbūʿ) or يَرْبُوع (yarbūʿ, jerboa).

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gerbil (plural gerbils)

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  1. One of several species of small, jumping, murine rodents, of the genus Gerbillus and certain other genera in subfamily Gerbillinae, with leaping powers resembling the jerboa, native to Africa, India, and Southern Europe.

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gerbil (third-person singular simple present gerbils, present participle gerbilling or gerbiling, simple past and past participle gerbilled or gerbiled)

  1. (intransitive) To rotate inside a monowheel or similar apparatus due to sudden acceleration or braking.
  2. (intransitive, slang) To insert a small animal into one's rectum (a sexual practice in urban myth).

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