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mice

 (mīs)
n.
Plural of mouse.

mice

(maɪs)
n
the plural of mouse

mouse

(n. maʊs; v. maʊz)

n., pl. mice (maɪs) for 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8, mice or mous•es for 4, n.
1. any of numerous small rodents of various families, having small ears and a long, thin tail, esp. an Old World mouse, Mus musculus, introduced worldwide.
2. a quiet, timid person.
3. a palm-sized device equipped with one or more buttons, used to point at and select items on a computer screen, with the displayed pointer controlled by means of analogous movement of the device on a nearby surface.
4. Informal. a black eye.
5. Slang. a girl; woman.
v.i.
6. to hunt for or catch mice.
7. to prowl about, as if in search of something.
[before 900; Middle English mous, Old English mūs; c. Old Frisian, Old Saxon, Old High German mūs, Latin mūs, Greek mŷs, Russian mysh', Skt mūṣ-]
mouse′like`, adj.

mice

  • murine - Means "pertaining to mice or rodents."
  • muscle - Comes from Latin musculus, "little mouse," as the ancient Romans thought their muscles wriggled like mice.
  • mussel - Gets its name from Latin musculus, "little mouse."
  • dormouse - A rodent but not a mouse, it may be a corrupted form of French dormeus, "sleepy."
Translations
miši

mice

pl de mouse
References in classic literature ?
They sat still as mice, and Susie cried quarts, I know she did.
While my grandmother was busy about supper, I settled myself on the wooden bench behind the stove and got acquainted with the cat-- he caught not only rats and mice, but gophers, I was told.
No less a portion of such homely witchcraft was requisite to reclaim, as it were, Phoebe's waste, cheerless, and dusky chamber, which had been untenanted so long--except by spiders, and mice, and rats, and ghosts--that it was all overgrown with the desolation which watches to obliterate every trace of man's happier hours.
There was the spot where the Indian pipes grew; the particular bit of marshy ground where the fringed gentians used to be largest and bluest; the rock maple where she found the oriole's nest; the hedge where the field mice lived; the moss-covered stump where the white toadstools were wont to spring up as if by magic; the hole at the root of the old pine where an ancient and honorable toad made his home; these were the landmarks of her childhood, and she looked at them as across an immeasurable distance.
We all kept as mute as mice a full half-hour, and should have done so longer, only Joseph, having finished his chapter, got up and said that he must rouse the master for prayers and bed.
Not a latent echo in the house, not a squeak and scuffle from the mice behind the panelling, not a drip from the half-thawed water-spout in the dull yard behind, not a sigh among the leafless boughs of one despondent poplar, not the idle swinging of an empty store-house door, no, not a clicking in the fire, but fell upon the heart of Scrooge with a softening influence, and gave a freer passage to his tears.
Two miserable little white mice, left behind by their owner, are running up and down in a fusty castle made of pasteboard and wire, looking in all the corners with their red eyes for anything to eat.
I heard the mice too, rattling behind the panels, as if the same occurrence were important to their interests.
Besides the gold-fish in the pond at the bottom of his garden, he had rabbits in the pantry, white mice in his piano, a squirrel in the linen closet and a hedgehog in the cellar.
They observed by my teeth, which they viewed with great exactness, that I was a carnivorous animal; yet most quadrupeds being an overmatch for me, and field mice, with some others, too nimble, they could not imagine how I should be able to support myself, unless I fed upon snails and other insects, which they offered, by many learned arguments, to evince that I could not possibly do.
There are no mice in the air, I'm afraid, but you might catch a bat, and that's very like a mouse, you know.
Part of his house was occupied by a great storeroom, where rats and mice held high revel.