vole

1
[ vohl ]
/ voʊl /
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noun

any of several small mouselike or ratlike rodents of the genus Microtus and related genera, having short limbs and a short tail.

Nearby words

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  7. volga river,
  8. volga tatar,
  9. volgograd,
  10. volitant

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 ]
/ voʊl /

noun

Cards. the winning by one player of all the tricks of a deal.

Origin of vole

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

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British Dictionary definitions for vole

vole

1
/ (vəʊl) /

noun

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

Word Origin for vole

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

noun

(in some card games, such as écarté) the taking of all the tricks in a deal, thus scoring extra points

Word Origin for vole

C17: from French, from voler to fly, from Latin volāre

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Word Origin and History for vole

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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