- any small, furry-tailed, Old World rodent of the family Gliridae, resembling small squirrels in appearance and habits.
Origin of dormouse
Examples from the Web for dormice
And to tell the truth, it was not often he got a chance of petting his big brother's dormice.The Adventures of Herr Baby
Zelinda and her father were so weary that they slept like dormice all night.Italian Popular Tales
Thomas Frederick Crane
Youre the one who makes them sick, making them sleep like dormice.My Neighbor Raymond (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XI)
Charles Paul de Kock
The gardener assured me it was the dormice which eat it all.The Confessions of J. J. Rousseau, Complete
Jean Jacques Rousseau
Hedgehogs and dormice and butterflies and sandboys, all in a breath.The House That Grew
- any small Old World rodent of the family Gliridae, esp the Eurasian Muscardinus avellanarius, resembling a mouse with a furry tail
Word Origin and History for dormice
early 15c., possibly from Anglo-French *dormouse "tending to be dormant" (from stem of dormir "to sleep," see dormer), with the second element mistaken for mouse; or perhaps it is from a Middle English dialectal compound of mouse and Middle French dormir. The rodent is inactive in winter. French dormeuse, fem. of dormeur "sleeper" is attested only from 17c.