meadow mouse



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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for meadow mouse

Historical Examples of meadow mouse

  • But let a meadow-mouse so much as move and it drops to the sward in an instant.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for meadow mouse

meadow mouse


US another name for vole 1
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