- any of various short-tailed mice or voles inhabiting fields and meadows.
Origin of field mouse
First recorded in 1570–80
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Examples from the Web for fieldmouse
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
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.
- 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 vole 1
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