dormouse

[ dawr-mous ]
/ ˈdɔrˌmaʊs /

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.

Origin of dormouse

1400–50; late Middle English dormowse, dormoise; etymology obscure; perhaps AF derivative of Old French dormir to sleep (see dormant), with final syllable reanalyzed as mouse, but no such AF word is known
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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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