Harvest-mouse

harvest mouse

noun
1.
an Old World field mouse, Micromys minutus, that builds a spherical nest among the stems of grains and other plants.
2.
any of several New World mice of the genus Reithrodontomys having similar habits.

Origin:
1805–15

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harvest mouse
 
n
1.  a very small reddish-brown Eurasian mouse, Micromys minutus, inhabiting cornfields, hedgerows, etc, and feeding on grain and seeds: family Muridae
2.  American harvest mouse any small greyish mouse of the American genus Reithrodontomys: family Cricetidae

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