- any small, furry-tailed, Old World rodent of the family Gliridae, resembling small squirrels in appearance and habits.
Origin of dormouse
Examples from the Web for dormouse
His hands seemed too small to catch anything, even a dormouse.The Adventures of Herr Baby
"Well, there's a good deal of the dormouse in Lucy," Vera said.Love and Lucy
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At this time the dormouse was the largest animal in the world.The Indian Fairy Book
It was the orange-tip, and the dormouse rejoiced, for the orange-tip meant spring.
The second hazel on the left,” said the dormouse; “the third hollow from the top.
- any small Old World rodent of the family Gliridae, esp the Eurasian Muscardinus avellanarius, resembling a mouse with a furry tail
Word Origin and History 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.