voles

vole

1 [vohl]
noun
any of several small mouselike or ratlike rodents of the genus Microtus and related genera, having short limbs and a short tail.

Origin:
1795–1805; short for volemouse field mouse, perhaps < Norwegian *vollmus, equivalent to voll field (cf. wold1) + mus mouse

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vole

2 [vohl]
noun
1.
Cards. the winning by one player of all the tricks of a deal.
Idioms
2.
go the vole,
a.
to venture everything on the chance of great rewards.
b.
to try one after another, as a variety of occupations: He went the vole and finally settled on watchmaking.

Origin:
1670–80; < French, derivative of voler to fly < Latin volāre

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vole1 (vəʊl)
 
n
See also water vole 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 Cricetidae
 
[C19: short for volemouse, from Old Norse vollr field + musmouse; related to Icelandic vollarmus]

vole2 (vəʊl)
 
n
(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]

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vole
1805, volemouse, lit. "field-mouse," with first element probably from O.N. völlr "field," from P.Gmc. *walthuz (cf. Icelandic völlr, Swed. vall "field," O.E. weald; see wold).
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