noun (plural dormice)
An agile mouse-like 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
More example sentences
- 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.
late Middle English: of unknown origin, but associated with French dormir or Latin dormire 'to sleep' and mouse.
Definition of dormouse in:
- The US English dictionary