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vole 1

 (vōl)
n.
Any of various rodents of the genus Microtus and related genera, found throughout much of the Northern Hemisphere and having a short muzzle and tail and small ears.

[Short for obsolete volemouse, perhaps from Norwegian *vollmus : Old Norse völlr, field + Old Norse mūs, mouse.]

vole 2

 (vōl)
n. Games
The winning of all the tricks during the play of one hand, as of bridge; a grand slam.

[French, probably from voler, to fly, from Old French, from Latin volāre, to fly.]

vole

(vəʊl)
n
(Animals) 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. See also water vole
[C19: short for volemouse, from Old Norse vollr field + mus mouse; related to Icelandic vollarmus]

vole

(vəʊl)
n
(Card Games) (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]

vole1

(voʊl)

n.
any of several short-tailed, stocky cricetid rodents, esp. of the genus Microtus.
[1795–1805]

vole2

(voʊl)

n.
[1670–80; < French, derivative of voler to fly]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vole - any of various small mouselike rodents of the family Cricetidae (especially of genus Microtus) having a stout short-tailed body and inconspicuous ears and inhabiting fields or meadowsvole - any of various small mouselike rodents of the family Cricetidae (especially of genus Microtus) having a stout short-tailed body and inconspicuous ears and inhabiting fields or meadows
grasshopper mouse - insectivorous mouse of western North America
wood rat, wood-rat - any of various small short-tailed rodents of the northern hemisphere having soft fur grey above and white below with furred tails and large ears; some are hosts for Ixodes pacificus and Ixodes scapularis (Lyme disease ticks)
pine mouse, pine vole, Pitymys pinetorum - short-tailed glossy-furred burrowing vole of the eastern United States
meadow mouse, meadow vole, Microtus pennsylvaticus - widely distributed in grasslands of northern United States and Canada
Microtus richardsoni, Richardson vole, water vole - of western North America
Microtus ochrogaster, prairie vole - typical vole of the extended prairie region of central United States and southern Canada
Arvicola amphibius, water vole, water rat - common large Eurasian vole
redback vole, red-backed mouse - any of several voles of mountainous regions of Eurasia and America
phenacomys - any of several vole-like terrestrial or arboreal rodents of cold forested regions of Canada and western United States
Translations
myyrä
hörcsögfélék
ハタネズミ畑鼠
sork

vole

[vəʊl] Ncampañol m, ratón m de campo

vole

[ˈvəʊl] ncampagnol m

vole

nWühlmaus f; (= common vole)Feldmaus f

vole

[vəʊl] n field voletopo campagnolo comune
water vole → arvicola
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Northumberland Wildlife Trust, in partnership with the Forestry Commission and the Tyne Rivers Trust, has secured initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help develop the next phase of a project to return water voles to Kielder.
A sniffer dog is being used to monitor for new colonies of water voles, as part of a reintroduction project in Hertfordshire.
WATER voles are in danger of becoming extinct in North Wales, a leading charity has warned.
Analysis by Glandwr Cymru, the Canal & River Trust in Wales, of water vole sightings dating back to 1970 has highlighted an inexorable decline in water voles over the last 45 years, with the last 15 years showing the most dramatic decline.
But water voles have rapidly disappeared from much of the landscape, experiencing the most serious decline of any wild mammal over the last century.
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VISITORS to a nature reserve will be able to pay their way with apples and carrots rather than cash in an initiative by staff to provide food for some of their cutest residents, the water voles.
details the life history of this fascinating bird and its complex interactions with the three species of voles that make up the bulk of its diet and profoundly influence its behavior and demography.
A PACK of water voles have disrupted Manchester United manager David Moyes's training plans - they beat his first team 3-1.
The early summer drought of 2011 led to a dramatic reduction in population as falling water levels made voles vulnerable to predators like stoats and weasels because they couldn't use the suddenly dried-up waterways as an escape route.
The country has lost nine out of ten water voles in recent decades due to habitat loss and predation by the introduced American mink.