- a brownish-gray Old World mouse, Mus musculus, now common in the U.S. in or near houses.
Origin of house mouse
First recorded in 1825–35
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Examples from the Web for house mouse
The house-mouse was silent for a moment, out of respect for the other's emotion.
"It must be strange to feel like that," said the house-mouse.
"Good-bye, cousin, and au revoir to you," said the house-mouse.
She winked at the house-mouse to confirm the truth of her fib.
And the house-mouse also chose night for going to the larder.
- any of various greyish mice of the Old World genus Mus, esp M. musculus, a common household pest in most parts of the world: family Muridae
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