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field mouse

any of various short-tailed mice or voles inhabiting fields and meadows.
Origin of field mouse
First recorded in 1570-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I had to pull up with fieldmouse, and couldn't get her to going again.

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
  • Tommelise was obliged to sit down and spin; and the fieldmouse hired six spiders to spin and weave both night and day.

    Wonderful Stories for Children Hans Christian Andersen
  • Not a sound broke the silence, for the sea-gulls had vanished with the sunshine, and not even a fieldmouse stirred in the bracken.

    A Fortunate Term

    Angela Brazil
  • You are as demure as a fieldmouse, but I know those big eyes of yours have taken our measures by this time.

    A Princess in Calico

    Edith Ferguson Black
  • Both mice and rats are common, the former precisely resembling in appearance the English fieldmouse.

  • "'At fieldmouse is sutny a goin' fool when 'ey bet stable money on huh," said he.

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
  • The fieldmouse money was beginning to pour into the ring, and the block men were busy with their erasers.

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
British Dictionary definitions for fieldmouse


noun (pl) -mice
any nocturnal mouse of the genus Apodemus, inhabiting woods, fields, and gardens of the Old World: family Muridae. They have yellowish-brown fur and feed on fruit, vegetables, seeds, etc
a former name for vole1
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