noun, plural dor·mice [dawr-mahys] /ˈdɔrˌmaɪs/.
Origin of dormouse
Examples from the Web for dormouse
Historical Examples of dormouse
For the next few weeks I mean to be quiet as a dormouse, and two pages of Latin a day will keep me pretty busy.Brenda's Ward
Helen Leah Reed
"She looks as if she'd gone to bed before the winter, and had a long sleep, like a dormouse," said Cecilia.The Eustace Diamonds
The third outdoor man was Thomas Price, generally known as the Dormouse on account of his somnolent manner of working.Springtime and Other Essays
The first dormouse that I can remember was one called Mouffette.
The Tahsildar is divested of his magisterial powers, and to the law-abiding and punctual is not more harmful than the dormouse.Castes and Tribes of Southern India
noun plural -mice
Word Origin for dormouse
early 15c., possibly from Anglo-French *dormouse "tending to be dormant" (from stem of dormir "to sleep," see dormer), with the second element mistaken for mouse; or perhaps it is from a Middle English dialectal compound of mouse and Middle French dormir. The rodent is inactive in winter. French dormeuse, fem. of dormeur "sleeper" is attested only from 17c.