white-footed mouse


white-foot·​ed mouse ˈ(h)wīt-ˌfu̇-təd- How to pronounce white-footed mouse (audio)
: any of various largely nocturnal mice (genus Peromyscus) of North and Central America typically having whitish feet and underparts
especially : a common woodland mouse (P. leucopus) of North America

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In this view, distinguishing one Omicron sublineage from another is less like distinguishing a wolf from a cow and more like distinguishing a white-footed mouse from a deer mouse: important to a rodentologist but not really to anyone else. Jacob Stern, The Atlantic, 9 Jan. 2023 Acorns are an important food source for the white-footed mouse, a popular target of the ticks that carry the Lyme bacterium. Jennifer Barone, Discover Magazine, 8 July 2012 If a tick feeds on an infected white-footed mouse, the tick has a 90 percent chance of picking up the bacterium that causes Lyme disease, says Felicia Keesing, a Bard College disease ecologist. Kat Eschner, Scientific American, 7 July 2022 The wide-ranging white-footed mouse, well known among New Yorkers, and very closely related to the deer mouse, was predicted to be susceptible by a computer model that Barbara Han and her colleagues built. Carolyn Kormann, The New Yorker, 10 Feb. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of white-footed mouse was in 1827

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“White-footed mouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white-footed%20mouse. Accessed 24 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition

white-footed mouse

white-foot·​ed mouse ˌ(h)wīt-ˌfu̇t-əd- How to pronounce white-footed mouse (audio)
: a common woodland mouse (Peromyscus leucopus) that has whitish feet and underparts and that is a reservoir for the spirochete of the genus Borrelia (B. burgdorferi) causing Lyme disease

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