deer mouse
Mouse Mouse (mous), n.; pl. {Mice} (m[imac]s). [OE. mous, mus, AS. m[=u]s, pl. m[=y]s; akin to D. muis, G. maus, OHG. & Icel. m[=u]s, Dan. muus, Sw. mus, Russ. muishe, L. mus, Gr. my^s, Skr. m[=u]sh mouse, mush to steal. [root]277. Cf. {Muscle}, {Musk}.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of small rodents belonging to the genus {Mus} and various related genera of the family {Murid[ae]}. The common house mouse ({Mus musculus}) is found in nearly all countries. The American {white-footed mouse}, or {deer mouse} ({Peromyscus leucopus}, formerly {Hesperomys leucopus}) sometimes lives in houses. See {Dormouse}, {Meadow mouse}, under {Meadow}, and {Harvest mouse}, under {Harvest}. [1913 Webster]

2. (Naut.) (a) A knob made on a rope with spun yarn or parceling to prevent a running eye from slipping. (b) Same as 2d {Mousing}, 2. [1913 Webster]

3. A familiar term of endearment. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. A dark-colored swelling caused by a blow. [Slang] [1913 Webster]

5. A match used in firing guns or blasting. [1913 Webster]

{Field mouse}, {Flying mouse}, etc. See under {Field}, {Flying}, etc.

{Mouse bird} (Zo["o]l.), a coly.

{Mouse deer} (Zo["o]l.), a chevrotain, as the kanchil.

{Mouse galago} (Zo["o]l.), a very small West American galago ({Galago murinus}). In color and size it resembles a mouse. It has a bushy tail like that of a squirrel.

{Mouse hawk}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) A hawk that devours mice. (b) The hawk owl; -- called also {mouse owl}.

{Mouse lemur} (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of very small lemurs of the genus {Chirogaleus}, found in Madagascar.

{Mouse piece} (Cookery), the piece of beef cut from the part next below the round or from the lower part of the latter; -- called also {mouse buttock}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • deer mouse — ☆ deer mouse n. a mostly North American, white footed mouse (genus Peromyscus) * * * or white footed mouse Any of about 60 species (genus Peromyscus, family Cricetidae) of small, delicate rodents that are active at night and are found in habitats …   Universalium

  • Deer mouse — Deer Deer (d[=e]r), n. sing. & pl. [OE. der, deor, animal, wild animal, AS. de[ o]r; akin to D. dier, OFries. diar, G. thier, tier, Icel. d[=y]r, Dan. dyr, Sw. djur, Goth. dius; of unknown origin. [root]71.] 1. Any animal; especially, a wild… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • deer mouse — deer′ mouse n. mam white footed mouse • Etymology: 1825–35, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • deer mouse — ☆ deer mouse n. a mostly North American, white footed mouse (genus Peromyscus) …   English World dictionary

  • deer mouse — noun brownish New World mouse; most widely distributed member of the genus • Syn: ↑Peromyscus maniculatus • Hypernyms: ↑wood mouse • Member Holonyms: ↑Peromyscus, ↑genus Peromyscus * * * noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • deer mouse — fieldmouse fieldmouse, field mouse field mouse . 1. (Zo[ o]l.) any nocturnal Old World mouse of the genus {Apodemus} inhabing woods and fields and gardens. [WordNet 1.5] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) any mouse inhabiting fields, as the {campagnol} and the {deer… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • deer mouse. — See white footed mouse. [1825 35, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • deer mouse — noun a mainly nocturnal mouse found in North and Central America. [Peromyscus maniculatus and related species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • deer mouse — /ˈdɪə maʊs/ (say dear mows) noun any of several species of mice, family Cricetidae, especially the widely distributed white footed mouse, Peromyscus leucopus, of North America …   Australian English dictionary

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