Entry from US English dictionary
A burrowing vole that occurs in grassland and open country in Eurasia and North America.
- Genus Microtus, family Muridae: numerous species, in particular Microtus pennsylvanicus of the northern US and Canada.
- Here we describe a blond coat color mutation in the meadow vole that arose in a captive breeding colony established from wild-caught animals from southern Illinois.
- One captive meadow vole had 17 litters during one year, totaling 83 young.
- Heinrich finds a variety of strategies on display near his Maine cabin: meadow voles thriving in the subnivian zone (under the snow), weasels hunting ten meals a day, and tree frogs whose body fluids freeze.
For editors and proofreaders
Syllabification: mead·ow vole
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.