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vole

1
[vohl]
noun
  1. any of several small mouselike or ratlike rodents of the genus Microtus and related genera, having short limbs and a short tail.
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Origin of vole

1
1795–1805; short for volemouse field mouse, perhaps < Norwegian *vollmus, equivalent to voll field (cf. wold1) + mus mouse

vole

2
[vohl]
noun
  1. Cards. the winning by one player of all the tricks of a deal.
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Idioms
  1. go the vole,
    1. to venture everything on the chance of great rewards.
    2. to try one after another, as a variety of occupations: He went the vole and finally settled on watchmaking.
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Origin of vole

2
1670–80; < French, derivative of voler to fly < Latin volāre
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Historical Examples of vole

  • For a long time the vole, not daring to move, remained in the shadow.

  • Fascinated, the vole stayed awhile to look at the hovering hawk.

  • From the signs that were fresh the vole learned the story of field-life for the day.

  • As he is the weaker, the Vole is obliged to submit to this vexatious tax.

  • Small as he was, and crouching as only a vole can crouch, there was no escape from contact with it.


British Dictionary definitions for vole

vole

1
noun
  1. any of numerous small rodents of the genus Microtus and related genera, mostly of Eurasia and North America and having a stocky body, short tail, and inconspicuous ears: family CricetidaeSee also water vole
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Word Origin for vole

C19: short for volemouse, from Old Norse vollr field + mus mouse; related to Icelandic vollarmus

vole

2
noun
  1. (in some card games, such as écarté) the taking of all the tricks in a deal, thus scoring extra points
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Word Origin for vole

C17: from French, from voler to fly, from Latin volāre
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Word Origin and History for vole

n.

1805, volemouse, literally "field-mouse," with first element probably from Old Norse völlr "field," from Proto-Germanic *walthuz (cf. Icelandic völlr, Swedish vall "field," Old English weald; see wold).

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