- a large amphibious vole, Arvicola terrestris, of Eurasian river banks: family CricetidaeAlso called: water rat
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The first autumn in the water-vole's life was a season of wonderful beauty.Creatures of the Night
Alfred W. Rees
I do not mean to assert that the water-vole is never injurious to man.
On another occasion I saw a water-vole running away from some larger animal under the opposite bank of the river.A Cotswold Village
J. Arthur Gibbs
It was clear that if the cult of the water-violet involved the killing of the water-vole it had got to be abandoned.The Call of the Wildflower
Henry S. Salt
With all its wariness, the water-vole is a strangely nervous creature, being for a time almost paralysed by a sudden shock.