deer mouse

1825–35, Americanism Unabridged
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deer mouse
See also white-footed 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
[so named because of its agility]

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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
Hantavirus is present in island deer mouse populations.
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