deer mouse


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

Examples of deer mouse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The itsy-bitsy deer mouse leaves bounding footprints, often with a thin groove left by a slender tail. Jen Rose Smith, CNN, 19 Nov. 2020 Each specimen—say, a species of pitcher plant from Florida or a deer mouse from arid New Mexico—is catalogued with a scientific name, a collection date and the place where it was collected, and often with other relevant information. Smithsonian Magazine, 26 June 2020 The virus, carried by deer mice, left 13 dead including young, otherwise healthy people who developed sudden respiratory failure. Simon Romero, New York Times, 9 Apr. 2020 In 2012, a booming population of deer mice in the park caused a rare hantavirus outbreak, which killed three people and sickened another seven. Washington Post, 17 Jan. 2020 The virus was blamed on a skyrocketing deer mice population in Yosemite Valley. Peter Fimrite,, 16 Jan. 2020 Much of the research on cougar kills has focused on bigger animals; an earlier study by Elbroch revealed that 39 species of birds and mammals also visit kill sites, including black bears, deer mice, and Steller’s jays. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, 11 Mar. 2019 There are also copious birdlife and rare land creatures like the island fox, island spotted skunk, and island deer mouse. Joe Yogerst, National Geographic, 9 Apr. 2019 When hantavirus emerged in the Southwestern United States in 1993, for example, research using the museum’s collections showed that the disease was present in deer mice as far back as 1979. Daniel Fernandez, Smithsonian, 4 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'deer mouse.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of deer mouse

1833, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for deer mouse

from its agility

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About deer mouse

Time Traveler for deer mouse

Time Traveler

The first known use of deer mouse was in 1833

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near deer mouse


deer mouse

deer oak

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for deer mouse

Cite this Entry

“Deer mouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on deer mouse Encyclopedia article about deer mouse


Test Your Vocabulary

Dog Words Quiz

  • shiba puppy more or less demanding cuddles
  • Which of the following animals has a dog in its etymology?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!