noun, plural dor·mice [dawr-mahys] /ˈdɔrˌmaɪs/.
Examples from the Web for 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|Anthony Trollope
The third outdoor man was Thomas Price, generally known as the Dormouse on account of his somnolent manner of working.Springtime and Other Essays|Francis Darwin
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|Edgar Thurston
British Dictionary definitions for dormouse
noun plural -mice
Word Origin for dormouse
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.