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Meaning of DORMOUSE

Pronunciation:  'dor`maws

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  small furry-tailed squirrel-like Old World rodent that becomes torpid in cold weather
 

DORMOUSE is a 8 letter word that starts with D.

 

 See Also: family Gliridae, Gliridae, Glis glis, gnawer, gnawing animal, hazel mouse, lerot, loir, Muscardinus avellanarius, rodent

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Dor"mouse\, n.; pl. {Dormice}. [Perh. fr. F. dormir to
sleep (Prov. E. dorm to doze) + E. mouse; or perh. changed
fr. F. dormeuse, fem., a sleeper, though not found in the
sense of a dormouse.] (Zo["o]l.)
A small European rodent of the genus {Myoxus}, of several
species. They live in trees and feed on nuts, acorns, etc.;
-- so called because they are usually torpid in winter.

 

 

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