- an Old World field mouse, Micromys minutus, that builds a spherical nest among the stems of grains and other plants.
- any of several New World mice of the genus Reithrodontomys having similar habits.
Origin of harvest mouse
First recorded in 1805–15
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Examples from the Web for harvest mouse
What is to be said of the harvest-mouse constructing its nest, or of the squirrel making cache after cache of nuts?The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)
J. Arthur Thomson
The next morning my curiosity was gratified, when I peeped out, by seeing the Harvest-mouse pay a visit to the baby mice.The Cricket's Friends
Virginia W. Johnson
The harvest-mouse is not found, as a rule, near human habitations, but lives in corn-fields and pastures.The Animal World, A Book of Natural History
The country people have an idea that the harvest-mouse is unable to cross a path which has been trod by man.
- a very small reddish-brown Eurasian mouse, Micromys minutus, inhabiting cornfields, hedgerows, etc, and feeding on grain and seeds: family Muridae
- American harvest mouse any small greyish mouse of the American genus Reithrodontomys: family Cricetidae
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