Definition of red-backed vole in English:

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red-backed vole

noun

A vole with a reddish-chestnut back, inhabiting the forest, scrub, and tundra regions of the northern hemisphere.
  • Genus Clethrionomys, family Muridae: several species.
Example sentences
  • Among mammals, my annual visitors now include a few common smoky shrews, short-tailed shrews, red-backed voles, and, last but certainly not least in numbers, deer mice.
  • Thus, red-backed voles and northern pygmy gerbils are less vulnerable to mammalian predators when in patches of greater density of cover than in patches of less cover.

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