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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.
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Origin of harvest mouse

First recorded in 1805–15
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Historical Examples of 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 country people have an idea that the harvest-mouse is unable to cross a path which has been trod by man.

British Dictionary definitions for harvest mouse

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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