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Meaning of "gerbil" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD GERBIL

From French gerbille, from New Latin gerbillus a little jerboa.
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PRONUNCIATION OF GERBIL

gerbil  [ˈdʒɜːbɪl] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF GERBIL

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conjunction
determiner
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Gerbil is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES GERBIL MEAN IN ENGLISH?

gerbil

Gerbil

A gerbil is a small mammal of the order Rodentia. Once known simply as "desert rats", the gerbil subfamily includes about 110 species of African, Indian, and Asian rodents, including sand rats and jirds, all of which are adapted to arid habitats. Most are primarily diurnal , and almost all are omnivorous. The word "gerbil" is a diminutive form of "jerboa", though the jerboas are an unrelated group of rodents occupying a similar ecological niche. One Mongolian species, Meriones unguiculatus, also known as the clawed jird, is a gentle and hardy animal that has become a popular pet. It was first brought from China to Paris, France in the 19th century, and became a popular house pet. It was then brought to the United States in 1954 by Dr. Victor Schwentker for use in research. Gerbils are typically between six and 12 inches long, including the tail, which makes up about one-half of their total length. One species, the great gerbil, or Rhombomys opimus, originally native to Turkmenistan, can grow to more than 16 inches. The average adult gerbil weighs about 2.5 oz..

Definition of gerbil in the English dictionary

The definition of gerbil in the dictionary is any burrowing rodent of the subfamily Gerbillinae, inhabiting hot dry regions of Asia and Africa and having soft pale fur: family Cricetidae.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH GERBIL


Arbil
ˈɑːbɪl
bill
bɪl
bluebill
ˈbluːˌbɪl
cranesbill
ˈkreɪnzˌbɪl
crossbill
ˈkrɒsˌbɪl
debile
ˈdebɪl
Erbil
ˈɜːbɪl
gerbille
ˈdʒɜːbɪl
handbill
ˈhændˌbɪl
hornbill
ˈhɔːnˌbɪl
Irbil
ˈɪəbɪl
jerbil
ˈdʒɜːbɪl
labile
ˈleɪbɪl
playbill
ˈpleɪˌbɪl
razorbill
ˈreɪzəˌbɪl
rebill
riːˈbɪl
shoebill
ˈʃuːˌbɪl
sibyl
ˈsɪbɪl
spoonbill
ˈspuːnˌbɪl
waybill
ˈweɪˌbɪl

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE GERBIL

geraniaceous
geranial
geraniol
geranium
gerardia
geratological
geratologist
geratology
gerbera
gerbille
gerent
gerenuk
gerfalcon
Gergiev
geriatric
geriatric medicine
geriatrician
geriatrics
geriatrist

WORDS THAT END LIKE GERBIL

April
brasil
brazil
bulbil
civil
council
detail
devil
e-mail
evil
fail
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mail
mil
nail
oil
on the nail
retail
strobil
twibil

Synonyms and antonyms of gerbil in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «gerbil» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF GERBIL

Find out the translation of gerbil to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of gerbil from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «gerbil» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

沙鼠
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

jerbo
570 millions of speakers

English

gerbil
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

gerbil
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

يَرْبُوع
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

песчанка
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

gerbil
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

gerbil
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

gerbille
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Gerbil
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Wüstenrennmaus
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

アレチネズミ
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

게르빌루스쥐
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Gerbil
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

chuột nhảy
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

கெர்பில்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

गॅरबिल
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

gerbil
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

gerbillo
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

myszoskoczek
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

піщанка
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

gerbil
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

ποντίκι
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

Gerbil
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

ökenråtta
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

ørkenrotte
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of gerbil

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «GERBIL»

The term «gerbil» is quite widely used and occupies the 41.008 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «GERBIL» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about gerbil

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «GERBIL»

Discover the use of gerbil in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to gerbil and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Gerbils: The Complete Guide to Gerbil Care
Finally, a book that delves into the world of the gerbil, a small bundle of fur that boasts a large, endearing personality and a fascinating social structure.
Donna Anastasi, 2005
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Obi, Gerbil on the Loose
A tale of a gerbil's great adventure, perfect for fans of the Humphrey series!
Michael Delaney, 2008
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The Laboratory Hamster and Gerbil
The book also offers possible sources and suppliers of animals, feed, sanitation supplies, cages, and research and veterinary supplies.
Karl J. Field, Amber L. Sibold, 1998
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Gerbil Genius
Mandy is uncertain how to help a runaway gerbil that has been smart enough to survive on its own near the river.
Ben M. Baglio, 2000
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It's Your Kid, Not a Gerbil: Creating a Happier & ...
Do you sometimes feel like a gerbil running on a wheel inside a cage as you scurry from place to place, chauffeuring your children from one endless activity to another?
Kevin Leman, 2011
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The Gerbil: An Owner's Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet
An expert who understands the special needs of this popular pet has written The Gerbil. Best of all, the book is packed with informative sidebars, color pictures and fun facts to make caring for your pet gerbil easy and enjoyable.
Betsy Sikora Sino, 2000
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Gerbil Mother
Who is this vessel in which she resides, and why does it seem like her mother isn't up for the task of parenthood? The book raises questions about the condition, execution, and absurdities of motherhood.
Dawn M. Bryan, 2008
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The great gerbil roundup
In an effort to put the town of Gerbil, Pennsylvania on the map, the residents open up The First National Drive-Thru Museum of American Sightseeing and Clean Rest Rooms and stage a gerbil roundup and jubilee.
Stephen Manes, 1993
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Caring for Your Gerbil
Describes caring for a pet gerbil, including feeding and cleaning suggestions, plus provides information on the health, safety, and aging of a gerbil.
Michael Burgan, 2010
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Field Guide to Mammals of Southern Africa
Tatera inclusa Tatera brantsii Hairy-footed Gerbil Gerbillurus paeba Total length 20 cm; tail 11 cm; mass 25 g. Brush-tailed Hairy-footed Gerbil Gerbillurus vallinus Total length 20 cm; tail 12 cm; mass 35 g. Dune Hairy-footed Gerbil Gerbillurus ...
Chris Stuart, Tilde Stuart, 2001

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «GERBIL»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term gerbil is used in the context of the following news items.
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Parades, flags, carnival rides and food mark the biggest celebration …
Amanda Gatsch, 9, of St. Charles and a member of the A Bit More 4H club, cuddles with her gerbil, Coco, at the Kane County 4-H small pets ... «Chicago Daily Herald, Jul 15»
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Are pets hazardous to your health?
OK, admit it. You kiss your cat (maybe even licked her head when no one was looking.). You sleep with your dog. You've nuzzled a gerbil. «Tallahassee.com, Jul 15»
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Boy bitten by rodent, which is released at ER before rabies test
"I am not going to be able to tell a mole from a vole or a gerbil from a hamster. "We can't test them here, either," he says. Instead, call 911, says ... «Springfield News-Leader, Jul 15»
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Katarina Rose's eccentric taxidermy: 'I've got a hedgehog and a …
The art of taxidermy: me, a gerbil and a scalpel. Other characters in The Field universe include Sholtar, the fake fortune-telling shrew, a 'wily ... «Telegraph.co.uk, Jul 15»
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JIMMY LOWE: Retired life unpredictable but always busy
When my wife and I were walking our usual couple of miles there one morning last week, a friend asked me if I felt like a gerbil. I hadn't thought ... «Glasgow Daily Times, Jul 15»
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Blowing Up the Climate
Am I saying that carbon emissions are going to cause a gerbil-fueled return of the bubonic plague? No. (Although I've always suspected that ... «OnEarth Magazine, Jul 15»
7
A Word In Edgewise: The Scholar's Ink and the Martyr's Blood
... tuna, ambergris, alkali, cotton, benzene, borax, gazelle, gerbil, and giraffe, several of which were brought to Sicily from Cairo in the 1400s. «Ukiah Daily Journal, Jul 15»
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Parakeet darts to freedom in St. Louis Hills on unclipped wings
Only this was going to be harder than coaxing a cat out from under a car or a gerbil from out of a hole in the wall. The rescue party, which soon ... «STLtoday.com, Jul 15»
9
Which Type of Vehicle is Safest: SUVs or Sedans?
If everyone around you drives a massive SUV or pickup, then you'd better armor up. A Smart Car among SUVs is like a gerbil among elephants: ... «Quoted, Jul 15»
10
The top 14 local (non-Reds) baseball All-Stars
"The Gerbil," as the West High grad was affectionately known, was a utility infielder who came up with the Brooklyn Dodgers in the mid-1950s. «Cincinnati.com, Jun 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Gerbil [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/gerbil>. Jul 2019 ».
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