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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.]
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.]
(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]
(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]
any of several short-tailed, stocky cricetid rodents, esp. of the genus Microtus.
[1670–80; < French, derivative of voler to fly]
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|Noun||1.||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 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 ochrogaster, prairie vole - typical vole of the extended prairie region of central United States and southern Canada
phenacomys - any of several vole-like terrestrial or arboreal rodents of cold forested regions of Canada and western United States