deer mouse

Origin of deer mouse

An Americanism dating back to 1825–35
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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 CricetidaeSee also white-footed mouse

Word Origin for deer mouse

so named because of its agility
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