dormouse

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noun dor·mouse \ˈdȯr-ˌmau̇s\

Definition of dormouse

plural

dormice

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  1. :  any of numerous small Old World rodents (especially family Myoxidae) that are intermediate in form and behavior between mice and squirrels

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Any of 20 rodent species found throughout Eurasia and North Africa, dormice have large eyes, soft fur, rounded ears, and a hairy tail. They live in trees, bushes, and rock walls and in nests of plant material. They eat fruit, nuts, birds’ eggs, and some insects and small animals. Many species sleep for long periods, particularly in winter. The largest species, known as the edible dormouse, is gray and attains a maximum length of 8 in (20 cm), excluding the 6-in (15-cm) tail.

Origin and Etymology of dormouse

Middle English dormowse, perhaps from Anglo-French dormir + Middle English mous mouse


First Known Use: 15th century

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DORMOUSE Defined for English Language Learners

dormouse

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noun dor·mouse \ˈdȯr-ˌmau̇s\

Definition of dormouse for English Language Learners

  • : a European animal that looks like a small squirrel


DORMOUSE Defined for Kids

dormouse

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noun dor·mouse \ˈdȯr-ˌmau̇s\

Definition of dormouse for Students

plural

dormice

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  1. :  a small European animal that resembles a mouse but has a bushy tail, lives mostly in trees, and is active at night


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