Origin of deer mouse
An Americanism dating back to 1825–35
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Possibly the white-footed mouse or deer-mouse could—I don't know.Growing Nuts in the North
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.
It was not until a month later that he was reluctantly convinced that what he had found was the nest of a deer-mouse.
The deer-mouse lives mostly in the fields, but it also makes its home in barns and houses.Friends in Feathers and Fur, and Other Neighbors
- 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
so named because of its agility
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