deer mouse


Origin of deer mouse

1
An Americanism dating back to 1825–35

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How to use deer mouse in a sentence

  • Mammal specimens, originally sampled for other reasons and preserved at the Museum of Southwestern Biology, were used by researchers to identify the pathogen as a hantavirus and its wildlife source as deer mice.

    How fossil preservation and public health are intertwined | By Colella & McLean/The Conversation | December 18, 2020 | Popular-Science
  • But quick as he was, he was too slow to catch Mr. deer mouse napping.

    The Tale of Benny Badger | Arthur Scott Bailey
  • The deer mouse crouched down upon his dainty feet to keep them warm, and wrapped his tail carefully around to help.

    Among the Night People | Clara Dillingham Pierson
  • All night long the deer mouse carried beechnuts from the old hiding-place to a new one.

    Among the Night People | Clara Dillingham Pierson
  • The deer mouse spoke very decidedly, although he was perfectly polite.

    Among the Night People | Clara Dillingham Pierson

British Dictionary definitions for deer mouse

deer mouse

noun
  1. any of various mice of the genus Peromyscus, esp P. maniculatus, of North and Central America, having brownish fur with white underparts: family Cricetidae: See also white-footed mouse

Origin of deer mouse

1
so named because of its agility

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