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jird \jird\ n. Any of several North African gerbils.


Gerbil \Ger"bil\ (j[~e]r"b[i^]l), Gerbille \Ger`bille"\ (zh[asl]r`b[-e]l"), n. [F. gerbille. Cf. Jerboa.]

  1. (Zo["o]l.) One of several species of small, jumping, murine burrowing rodents, of the genus Gerbillus and related genera of the subfamily Gerbillinae. They have long soft pale fur and hind legs adapted for leaping. In their leaping powers they resemble the jerboa. They inhabit Africa, India, and Southern Europe.

  2. (Zo["o]l.) A rodent ( Meriones unguiculatus) of the subfamily Gerbillinae that is commonly kept as a pet; it is also called the tamarisk gerbil, sand rat and jird. Its natural habitats are the dry regions of Northern Africa and Asia.


n. Any of various rodents of the genera ''Meriones'', ''Sekeetamys'', ''Brachiones'', and sometimes ''Pachyuromys'', an agricultural pest.


n. gerbil of northern Africa

Usage examples of "jird".

I transferred it and the clips to the jirt, clipped on my phone and hurried out to the great room, ready for breakfast.

I grabbed the butt as rough hands yanked me upright by my jirt collar.

I bent forward and twisted violently sideways, breaking free of the man holding me by my jirt collar.