any of numerous small rodents of the genus Microtus and related genera, mostly of Eurasia and North America and having a stocky body, short tail, and inconspicuous ears: family CricetidaeSee also water vole
C19: short for volemouse, from Old Norse vollr field + musmouse; related to Icelandic vollarmus
(in some card games, such as écarté) the taking of all the tricks in a deal, thus scoring extra points
C17: from French, from voler to fly, from Latin volāre
1805, volemouse, literally "field-mouse," with first element probably from Old Norse völlr "field," from Proto-Germanic *walthuz (cf. Icelandic völlr, Swedish vall "field," Old English weald; see wold).