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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This publication will provide further information on pocket gophers (and meadow voles) and potential management techniques: Meadow Voles & Pocket Gophers: Management in Lawns, Gardens, & Croplands. oregonlive, 19 Apr. 2020 One of the miraculous, tiny creatures which remain active below the snow is a small, warm gray mammal, the meadow vole. New York Times, 11 Jan. 2018 Also handy for the meadow vole are the mysterious and contradictory insulating qualities of snow. New York Times, 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, 1 Mar. 2018 There is not a winter-active predator that doesn’t have a taste for meadow vole. New York Times, 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,, 5 Sep. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1801, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of meadow vole was in 1801

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“Meadow vole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

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