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harvest mouse

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Definition of harvest mouse in English:

noun

1A small North Eurasian mouse with a prehensile tail, nesting among the stalks of growing cereals and other vegetation.
  • Micromys minutus, family Muridae
Example sentences
  • As its name implies the harvest mouse lives along the stems of cereal plants.
  • A great deal of care has gone into choosing a new habitat to help the re-introduction of the harvest mouse which used to live in great numbers in Cheshire.
  • Foxes, rabbits, harvest mice, house mice, dormice, shrews, weasels, and voles all depend on the hedgerows as a place to breed, hunt or shelter.
2A nocturnal mouse found in North and Central America.
  • Genus Reithrodontomys, family Muridae: several species
Example sentences
  • The salt marsh harvest mouse is a small nocturnal rodent that makes its home and all of its meals out of pickleweed, a native plant growing in the salt marshes.
  • As a result, several species unique to these wetlands are now listed as threatened or endangered, including the salt marsh harvest mouse and the California clapper rail (Rallus longirostris obsoletus).
  • Decadent pickleweed stands and invasive nonnative grasses, effects of the lack of tidal action, supplied poor quality habitat for the salt marsh harvest mouse on the Entry Triangle Marsh.

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