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deer mouse

Origin of deer mouse
1825-35, Americanism Unabridged
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  • The virus is thought to be mainly carried by two common rodents: the white-footed mouse and the deer mouse.
  • The deer mouse is about six inches long from the nose to the tip of its tail.
  • Non-target effects of an introduced biological control agent on deer mouse ecology.
  • Hantavirus is present in island deer mouse populations.
  • Researcher removing a deer mouse from a box trap into a plastic bag prior to weighing and releasing.
British Dictionary definitions for deer mouse

deer mouse

any of various mice of the genus Peromyscus, esp P. maniculatus, of North and Central America, having brownish fur with white underparts: family Cricetidae See also white-footed mouse
Word Origin
so named because of its agility
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