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

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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, "How Globalization Changed the Way We Fight Disease," 4 June 2018 According to the ABC10 News, Spencer Fry, who is a tour guide at Bodie State Park, claims he was exposed to the deadly respiratory sickness spread by deer mice droppings or saliva after spending the night at the popular ghost town destination. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "22-Year-Old Contracts Deadly Virus After Staying in State Park Cabin," 21 July 2017 As new vegetation takes root, deer mice, voles, shrews, and chipmunks move in for the harvest. Brian Payton, Smithsonian, "How Driftwood Reshapes Ecosystems," 9 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of deer mouse

1833, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for deer mouse

from its agility

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