- any of various small rodents, as the kangaroo rat, inhabiting arid regions.
- Chiefly Western U.S. one who lives in the desert, especially in order to prospect for gold or other valuable minerals.
- Informal. a soldier fighting in the N African desert in World War II, especially a British soldier.
- a jerboa, Jaculus orientalis, inhabiting the deserts of N Africa
- British informal a soldier who served in North Africa with the British 7th Armoured Division in 1941–42