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water vole

noun
  1. 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.

  • With all its wariness, the water-vole is a strangely nervous creature, being for a time almost paralysed by a sudden shock.