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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Additional cases were soon reported, and the deer mouse was identified as the primary host. Alberto Lucas LÓpez, National Geographic, 17 June 2021 In this view, distinguishing one Omicron sublineage from another is less like distinguishing a wolf from a cow and more like distinguishing a white-footed mouse from a deer mouse: important to a rodentologist but not really to anyone else. Jacob Stern, The Atlantic, 9 Jan. 2023 The deer mouse makes a simple burrow, just a short tunnel that leads to a nest. Breanna Draxler, Discover Magazine, 18 Jan. 2013 The wide-ranging white-footed mouse, well known among New Yorkers, and very closely related to the deer mouse, was predicted to be susceptible by a computer model that Barbara Han and her colleagues built. Carolyn Kormann, The New Yorker, 10 Feb. 2022 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 See More

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Word History


from its agility

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of deer mouse was in 1833

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“Deer mouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

deer mouse

: any of numerous North American mice of fields and woodlands

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