pocket mouse


Definition of pocket mouse

: any of various nocturnal burrowing rodents (family Heteromyidae) that resemble mice, live in arid parts of western North America, and have long hind legs and tail and fur-lined cheek pouches

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Examples of pocket mouse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The desert pocket mouse, for example, can live without water for months, in part because of the extreme extent to which its kidneys can concentrate urine. Asher Y. Rosinger, Scientific American, 1 July 2021 Low-elevation species like the California vole and California pocket mouse moved to higher elevations while high-elevation species like the bushy-tailed woodrat and Allen's chipmunk decreased their range. Jim Morrison, Wired, 23 Feb. 2021 One of these invaders, Argentine ants, impact the Pacific pocket mouse in a number of ways. Ben Brazil, Daily Pilot, 27 July 2019 The Pacific pocket mouse is the smallest mouse species in North America. Ben Brazil, Daily Pilot, 27 July 2019 Merrill said the gnatcatcher is doing much better than the pocket mouse. Ben Brazil, Daily Pilot, 27 July 2019

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First Known Use of pocket mouse

1877, in the meaning defined above

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“Pocket mouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pocket%20mouse. Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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