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mouse-ear

[mous-eer]
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noun
  1. any of various plants having small, hairy leaves, as the hawkweed, Hieracium pilosella, or the forget-me-not, Myosotis palustris.

Origin of mouse-ear

First recorded in 1225–75, mouse-ear is from the Middle English word mous-ere. See mouse, ear1
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Historical Examples

  • The plant Mouse-ear (Myosotis Arvensis) is called mouse-lug.

    Records of Woodhall Spa and Neighbourhood

    J. Conway Walter

  • The Mouse-ear is called Herba clavorum because it prevents the blacksmith from hurting horses when he is shoeing them.

  • The Mouse-ear, or Herba clavorum, is reputed to prevent blacksmiths hurting horses when being shod.

  • This Greek compound surely means "mouse-ear," and what have these plants to do with the auricular organs of mice?

    Everyday Objects

    W. H. Davenport Adams

  • It feeds from September to May on mouse-ear chickweed, bedstraw, plantain, and other low-growing plants growing on sandy soils.


British Dictionary definitions for mouse-ear

mouse-ear

noun
  1. short for mouse-ear chickweedSee chickweed (def. 2)
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