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dormouse

[ dawr-mous ]
/ ˈdɔrˌmaʊs /
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noun, plural dor·mice [dawr-mahys]. /ˈdɔrˌmaɪs/.
any small, furry-tailed, Old World rodent of the family Gliridae, resembling small squirrels in appearance and habits.
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Origin of dormouse

First recorded in1400–50; late Middle English dormowse, dormoise; etymology obscure; perhaps Anglo-French derivative of Old French dormir “to sleep,” with final syllable reanalyzed as mouse, but no such Anglo-French word is known; see dormant, mouse
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British Dictionary definitions for dormouse

dormouse
/ (ˈdɔːˌmaʊs) /

noun plural -mice
any small Old World rodent of the family Gliridae, esp the Eurasian Muscardinus avellanarius, resembling a mouse with a furry tail

Word Origin for dormouse

C15: dor-, perhaps from Old French dormir to sleep, from Latin dormīre + mouse
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