Definitions for jerboadʒərˈboʊ ə, dʒɛr-
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
jer•bo•adʒərˈboʊ ə, dʒɛr-(n.)(pl.)-bo•as.
any small leaping rodent of the family Dipodidae, of N Africa and Asia, with a long tail and long hind legs.
Origin of jerboa:
1655–65; < NL < Ar yarbū‘; cf. gerbil
mouselike jumping rodent
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.
any small jumping rodent of the genus Dipus, esp. D. Aegyptius, which is common in Egypt and the adjacent countries. The jerboas have very long hind legs and a long tail