"Don't care came to a bad end," quoted a dormouse voice among the blankets.
At this time the dormouse was the largest animal in the world.
Mr. Mangili, an Italian naturalist, made some curious experiments upon the dormouse.
The dormouse had felt it coming, and had discreetly retired.
“If I might make a suggestion, I think that—” the dormouse began.
The second hazel on the left,” said the dormouse; “the third hollow from the top.
The dormouse, of course, was the biggest of all the creatures.
If I'll be a dormouse will you take me off on your good time with you?
"Well, I can't see why he objects to being a dormouse," said the Righthandiron.
"You are evidently a dormouse with very little education, Dormy," said the Poker.
early 15c., possibly from Anglo-French *dormouse "tending to be dormant" (from stem of dormir "to sleep," see dormer), with the second element mistaken for mouse; or perhaps it is from a Middle English dialectal compound of mouse and Middle French dormir. The rodent is inactive in winter. French dormeuse, fem. of dormeur "sleeper" is attested only from 17c.