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field mouse

  1. any of various short-tailed mice or voles inhabiting fields and meadows.
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Origin of field mouse

First recorded in 1570–80
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Historical Examples of fieldmouse

  • I had to pull up with Fieldmouse, and couldn't get her to going again.

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan

  • Tommelise was obliged to sit down and spin; and the fieldmouse hired six spiders to spin and weave both night and day.

    Wonderful Stories for Children

    Hans Christian Andersen

  • Not a sound broke the silence, for the sea-gulls had vanished with the sunshine, and not even a fieldmouse stirred in the bracken.

    A Fortunate Term

    Angela Brazil

  • You are as demure as a fieldmouse, but I know those big eyes of yours have taken our measures by this time.

    A Princess in Calico

    Edith Ferguson Black

  • Both mice and rats are common, the former precisely resembling in appearance the English fieldmouse.

British Dictionary definitions for fieldmouse


noun plural -mice
  1. any nocturnal mouse of the genus Apodemus, inhabiting woods, fields, and gardens of the Old World: family Muridae . They have yellowish-brown fur and feed on fruit, vegetables, seeds, etc
  2. a former name for vole 1
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