Definition of water vole in English:

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water vole



A large semiaquatic vole which excavates burrows in the banks of rivers.
  • Genera Arvicola and Microtus, family Muridae: three species, in particular the European water vole (A. terrestris) and the American water vole (M. richardsoni).
Example sentences
  • Many people mistake the endangered water vole for the brown rat and accidentally poison them or disturb their burrows.
  • A huge decline in the number of Britain's native mammals - such as the water vole and dormouse - has led to the launch of a new organisation which is seeking the support of animal-lovers to help to save our furry friends.
  • Rats have quite large ears unlike voles, so Ratty is in fact a water vole not a rat.

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