dormouse

noun dor·mouse \ ˈdȯr-ˌmau̇s \

Definition of dormouse

plural dormice play \-ˌmīs\
: any of numerous small, nocturnal, furry-tailed Old World rodents (family Myoxidae synonym Gliridae) that live mainly in trees and resemble small squirrels
Note: Dormice hibernate during cold weather and may become torpid at other times of the year when food is scarce.

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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

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DORMOUSE Defined for English Language Learners

dormouse

noun

Definition of dormouse for English Language Learners

  • : a European animal that looks like a small squirrel


DORMOUSE Defined for Kids

dormouse

noun dor·mouse \ ˈdȯr-ˌmau̇s \

Definition of dormouse for Students

plural dormice \-ˌmīs\
: 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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