- any of numerous short-tailed rodents of the genus Microtus and allied genera, chiefly of fields and meadows in the temperate Northern Hemisphere.
Origin of meadow mouse
First recorded in 1795–1805
Also called meadow vole.
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Examples from the Web for meadow mouse
But let a meadow-mouse so much as move and it drops to the sward in an instant.Poachers and Poaching
No more does the mole who suffers for the sins of the meadow-mouse.In the Open
Stanton Davis Kirkham
The meadow-mouse is very destructive to young trees, under cover of snow.Soil Culture
J. H. Walden
Father Meadow-Mouse would every now and then blow his nose and exclaim, "Well, singe my whiskers and twist my tail!"
Good Father Meadow-Mouse then covered him up carefully with the very warmest blanket from his own bed.
- US another name for vole 1
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