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deer mouse

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  1. white-footed mouse.

Origin of deer mouse

An Americanism dating back to 1825–35
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Examples from the Web for deer mouse

Historical Examples

  • Possibly the white-footed mouse or deer-mouse could—I don't know.

    Growing Nuts in the North

    Carl Weschcke

  • In "Nature's Wonderland" an interesting story is told of a deer-mouse which was a famous singer.

  • When I moved there was a sudden jump and a deer-mouse sprang out from my trouser-leg to the floor.

    Everyday Adventures

    Samuel Scoville

  • It was not until a month later that he was reluctantly convinced that what he had found was the nest of a deer-mouse.

    Everyday Adventures

    Samuel Scoville

  • The deer-mouse lives mostly in the fields, but it also makes its home in barns and houses.

British Dictionary definitions for deer mouse

deer mouse

  1. any of various mice of the genus Peromyscus, esp P. maniculatus, of North and Central America, having brownish fur with white underparts: family CricetidaeSee also white-footed mouse

Word Origin

so named because of its agility
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