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jumping mouse

any of several primitive, mouselike rodents of the family Zapodidae, having long hind legs, common in the woodlands of Europe, Asia, and North America.
Origin of jumping mouse
1820-30 Unabridged
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  • The kangaroo mouse, or jumping mouse, is not common here and is rarely seen.
  • Among those in need of field study are the water shrew, jumping mouse, and several species of pocket mice.
  • Other species including woodchuck, pine vole, and meadow jumping mouse were also observed on site.
  • Small mammals are common especially meadow vole, white-footed mouse, and meadow jumping mouse.
British Dictionary definitions for jumping mouse

jumping mouse

any long-tailed small mouselike rodent of the family Zapodidae, of North America, E Asia, and N and E Europe, having long hind legs specialized for leaping
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