jumping mouse


: any of several small hibernating North American rodents (family Zapodidae) with long hind legs and tail and no cheek pouches

Examples of jumping mouse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse, an endangered subspecies that weighs less than an ounce, that means using a radio collar that weighs about as much as three raindrops. Nala Rogers, Discover Magazine, 1 Oct. 2019 In the latest legal filing, the Center for Biological Diversity and the Maricopa Audubon Society allege that the U.S. Forest Service has failed to protect the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse and its habitat in the Sacramento Mountains from cattle grazing. From Usa Today Network and Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 17 Aug. 2021 Current Forest Service guidelines don’t allow tree thinning within 100 meters of a stream in the jumping mouse’s habitat. Nala Rogers, Discover Magazine, 1 Oct. 2019 Over the years, the small mammal populations have remained relatively stable, while more and more rare populations are making an appearance, such as the meadow jumping mouse, Rowland-Schaefer said. Maddie Ellis, Chicago Tribune, 18 Oct. 2022 Legal battles over the Preble’s meadow jumping mouse and the southwestern willow flycatcher had also centered on uncertain taxonomic boundaries. Zach St. George, Harper's Magazine, 27 Apr. 2021 But for every polar bear or sea otter, there are hundreds more (like the Fairy Shrimp, the New Mexico jumping mouse, or the Purple Cat's Paw freshwater mussel). CBS News, 21 July 2019 That means considering the smaller animals, such as shrews, voles, jumping mice, and pika, too. Starre Vartan, National Geographic, 16 Apr. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1826, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of jumping mouse was in 1826

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“Jumping mouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jumping%20mouse. Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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