deer mouse


deer mouse

noun

Definition of DEER MOUSE

:  any of various mice (genus Peromyscus) of North and Central America; especially :  one (P. maniculatus) widely distributed in forests and grasslands of North America

Origin of DEER MOUSE

from its agility
First Known Use: 1833

deer mouse

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of about 60 species (genus Peromyscus, family Cricetidae) of small, delicate rodents that are active at night and are found in habitats from Alaska to South America. They often outnumber all other mammals in an area. Deer mice are 3–6.5 in. (8–17 cm) long (excluding the long tail) and have large eyes, soft fur, and relatively large ears. Colours range from white to brown or blackish, with white underparts and feet. They eat plant and animal matter and nest in burrows or trees. Clean, easily cared for, and prolific, they are often used as laboratory animals.

Variants of DEER MOUSE

deer mouse or white-footed mouse

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