- any of several small mouselike or ratlike rodents of the genus Microtus and related genera, having short limbs and a short tail.
Origin of vole1
- Cards. the winning by one player of all the tricks of a deal.
- go the vole,
- to venture everything on the chance of great rewards.
- to try one after another, as a variety of occupations: He went the vole and finally settled on watchmaking.
Origin of vole2
Examples from the Web for vole
With most diseases spread by rodents, the mouse or rat or vole is only an intermediary (a “host”) for fleas and lice and the like.Yosemite Hanta Virus: Nature Strikes Back
September 3, 2012
For a long time the vole, not daring to move, remained in the shadow.
Fascinated, the vole stayed awhile to look at the hovering hawk.
From the signs that were fresh the vole learned the story of field-life for the day.
As he is the weaker, the Vole is obliged to submit to this vexatious tax.The Industries of Animals
Small as he was, and crouching as only a vole can crouch, there was no escape from contact with it."Wee Tim'rous Beasties"
- any of numerous small rodents of the genus Microtus and related genera, mostly of Eurasia and North America and having a stocky body, short tail, and inconspicuous ears: family CricetidaeSee also water vole
- (in some card games, such as écarté) the taking of all the tricks in a deal, thus scoring extra points
Word Origin and History for vole
1805, volemouse, literally "field-mouse," with first element probably from Old Norse völlr "field," from Proto-Germanic *walthuz (cf. Icelandic völlr, Swedish vall "field," Old English weald; see wold).