meadow mouse


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meadow mouse

meadow mouse

n
(Animals) US another name for vole1

mead′ow mouse`


n.
any of numerous short-tailed rodents, esp. of the genus Microtus, chiefly of fields and meadows.
[1795–1805]
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Noun1.meadow mouse - widely distributed in grasslands of northern United States and Canadameadow mouse - widely distributed in grasslands of northern United States and Canada
field mouse, 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
genus Microtus, Microtus - voles of the northern hemisphere
References in classic literature ?
When the snow lay deepest no wanderer ventured near my house for a week or fortnight at a time, but there I lived as snug as a meadow mouse, or as cattle and poultry which are said to have survived for a long time buried in drifts, even without food; or like that early settler's family in the town of Sutton, in this State, whose cottage was completely covered by the great snow of 1717 when he was absent, and an Indian found it only by the hole which the chimney's breath made in the drift, and so relieved the family.
And when I returned new drifts would have formed, through which I floundered, where the busy northwest wind had been depositing the powdery snow round a sharp angle in the road, and not a rabbit's track, nor even the fine print, the small type, of a meadow mouse was to be seen.
A new meadow mouse (Microtus ochrogaster taylori) from Meade County, Kansas.