Definition of dormouse in English:

dormouse

Syllabification: dor·mouse
Pronunciation: /ˈdôrˌmous
 
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noun (plural dormice /-ˌmīs/)

  • An agile mouselike rodent with a hairy or bushy tail, found in Africa and Eurasia. Some kinds are noted for spending long periods in hibernation.
    • Family Myoxidae: several genera and species, including the common (or hazel) dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius) and the fat dormouse (Myoxus glis)
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    • Foxes, rabbits, harvest mice, house mice, dormice, shrews, weasels, and voles all depend on the hedgerows as a place to breed, hunt or shelter.
    • It has several cousins on the continent, including the edible dormouse, the garden dormouse and the forest dormouse.
    • It's precious for wildlife too, sheltering dormice, water voles, bats, and innumerable birds including barn owls.

Origin

late Middle English: of unknown origin, but associated with French dormir or Latin dormire 'to sleep' and mouse.

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