meadow vole


Definition of meadow vole

: any of various voles (genus Microtus) that frequent open fields especially : one (M. pennsylvanicus) that is widespread in North America

called also meadow mouse

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One of the miraculous, tiny creatures which remain active below the snow is a small, warm gray mammal, the meadow vole. New York Times, "To the Vole Cave!," 11 Jan. 2018 Also handy for the meadow vole are the mysterious and contradictory insulating qualities of snow. New York Times, "To the Vole Cave!," 11 Jan. 2018 That is the highest number of rodents to test positive in San Diego County since 2012, when 35 mice and one meadow vole tested positive over the course of the year. Gig Conaughton, Pomerado News, "Mice in 4S Ranch tested positive for hantavirus," 1 Mar. 2018 There is not a winter-active predator that doesn’t have a taste for meadow vole. New York Times, "To the Vole Cave!," 11 Jan. 2018 Excessive mulch also provides cover for mice and meadow voles, which can eat the bark and kill the tree as the flow of water and nutrients between the roots and canopy is blocked. Tim Johnson,, "Too much soil or mulch at tree's base can spell decay," 5 Sep. 2017

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1801, in the meaning defined above

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