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noun

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.

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Origin of harvest mouse

First recorded in 1805–15
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British Dictionary definitions for harvest mouse

harvest mouse

noun

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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