Definition of vole in English:

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vole

Pronunciation: /vəʊl/

noun

A small, typically burrowing, mouse-like rodent with a rounded muzzle, found in both Eurasia and North America.
  • Subfamily Microtinae (or Arvicolinae), family Muridae: several genera, in particular Microtus, and numerous species.
Example sentences
  • Small mammals, especially rodents such as voles, pocket gophers, and mice make up most of the Great Gray Owl's diet.
  • Investigators are coming closer to answering this question by studying voles, small rodents commonly known as field mice.
  • Different levels of the receptor are thought to explain the very different behaviours of meadow voles and prairie voles.

Origin

Early 19th century (originally vole-mouse): from Norwegian voll(mus) 'field (mouse)'.

Words that rhyme with vole

barcarole, bole, bowl, cajole, coal, Cole, condole, console, control, dhole, dole, droll, enrol (US enroll), extol, foal, goal, hole, Joel, knoll, kohl, mol, mole, Nicole, parol, parole, patrol, pole, poll, prole, rôle, roll, scroll, Seoul, shoal, skoal, sole, soul, stole, stroll, thole, Tirol, toad-in-the-hole, toll, troll, whole

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