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meadow mouse

any of numerous short-tailed rodents of the genus Microtus and allied genera, chiefly of fields and meadows in the temperate Northern Hemisphere.
Also called meadow vole.
Origin of meadow mouse
1795-1805 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • No more does the mole who suffers for the sins of the meadow-mouse.

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham
  • The meadow-mouse is very destructive to young trees, under cover of snow.

    Soil Culture J. H. Walden
  • But let a meadow-mouse so much as move and it drops to the sward in an instant.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
  • Father meadow-mouse would every now and then blow his nose and exclaim, "Well, singe my whiskers and twist my tail!"

  • Good Father meadow-mouse then covered him up carefully with the very warmest blanket from his own bed.

  • Oh, how the little meadow-mouse Children enjoyed dancing lessons!

  • The larger ones are the farmer's great protection against the meadow-mouse, the most destructive of all animals to farm crops.

    Checking the Waste Mary Huston Gregory
  • Then he called to the meadow-mouse children to come out of their hiding places and told them the good news.

  • Time and again, from out of the whirling mass of entangled bodies, a meadow-mouse would spring to the door to escape.

    Wild Folk Samuel Scoville
  • The fox was more than a hundred yards away from the boys when Jack began to squeak like a meadow-mouse.

British Dictionary definitions for meadow-mouse

meadow mouse

(US) another name for vole1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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