from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various small nocturnal leaping rodents of the family Dipodidae of Asia and northern Africa, having long hind legs and a long tufted tail.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small, mouse-like, jumping rodent (family Dipodidae) resembling a miniature kangaroo, having a long tufted tail, very small fore feet, but very long hind legs, native to the deserts of Asia and northern Africa.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any small jumping rodent of the genus Dipus, esp. Dipus Ægyptius, which is common in Egypt and the adjacent countries. The jerboas have very long hind legs and a long tail.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A rodent quadruped of the family Dipodidœ, subfamily Dipodinœ, and especially of the genus Dipus; a gerbil, or jumping-mouse of the old world.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. mouselike jumping rodent
One who knows anything about the structure of animals 'bodies need not be told that the jerboa is a rodent.
As the new-comer got on his feet again my hope gained new life, and now our jerboa is my delight.
a marsupial which lives in thick, dark forests, where it feeds upon leaves and fruit; and the tarsier, a kind of jerboa, a very harmless, inoffensive little animal with reddish-coloured hair, about the size of a rat, but whose body bears some resemblance to that of an ape.
(most seriously) "jerboa," all small animals, even a medium-sized wallaby might seem large by contrast with a different expectation.
How shocked was I that so many people knew the animal in question was a jerboa?
There are a few others who aren't quite weird enough, such as Cantor's Giant Soft-Shelled Turtle, the Long-eared jerboa, or Pink fairy Armadillos, but they're definitely strange.
Sauntering over, he saw that they were inspecting the wares of a very nervous jerboa vegetable seller.
The jerboa fluttered her paws at them, the tall turban atop her head threatening to collapse at any moment.
"No wonder that little jerboa thought us unclean, " Buncan added.
Preys included among others hare, hedgehog, jerboa, migratory hamster, chukar and pigeon.