harvest mouse

  1. an Old World field mouse, Micromys minutus, that builds a spherical nest among the stems of grains and other plants.
  2. 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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harvest mouse

  1. a very small reddish-brown Eurasian mouse, Micromys minutus, inhabiting cornfields, hedgerows, etc, and feeding on grain and seeds: family Muridae
  2. American harvest mouse any small greyish mouse of the American genus Reithrodontomys: family Cricetidae
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