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vole

Syllabification: vole
Pronunciation: /vōl
 
/

Definition of vole in English:

noun

A small, typically burrowing, mouselike 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)'.

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