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Definition of pocket mouse in English:

noun

A small nocturnal rodent with large cheek pouches for carrying food, native to the deserts of North and Central America.
  • Genus Perognathus, family Heteromyidae: several species
Example sentences
  • Dimples and scratches in the sand also reveal the presence of numerous small mammals, including kangaroo rats, ground squirrels, pocket mice, and wood rats.
  • Previous direct observations of habituated kangaroo rats and pocket mice collecting and hoarding provisioned food at Deep Canyon suggest that kangaroo rats scatter cache, whereas pocket mice seldom do so.
  • Though Joshua Tree may look devoid of wildlife, even a short walk out in the desert will quickly reveal a myriad of freshly dug holes, where pocket mice, collared lizards, rabbits, or desert tortoises have burrowed.

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