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mouse US English

A small rodent that typically has a pointed snout, relatively large ears and eyes, and a long tail

mouses in mouse US English

A small handheld device that is dragged across a flat surface to move the cursor on a computer screen, typically having buttons that are pressed to control functions

mouse-bur US English

Any of various mouselike plant burrs, especially (US) the mature pod of the unicorn plant or devil's claw, Proboscidea louisianica (family Martyniaceae).

mouse-dun US English


mouse-ear US English

A small white-flowered creeping chickweed with soft hairy leaves which supposedly resemble the ears of mice

mouse mat US English

British term for mouse pad.

mouse pad US English

A piece of rigid or slightly resilient material on which a computer mouse is moved

mouse-pea US English

Any of various kinds of wild vetch, especially bitter vetch, Lathyrus linifolius, and tufted vetch, Vicia cracca. Also: the fruit of such a vetch.

sea mouse US English

A large marine bristle-worm with a stout, oval body that bears matted, furlike, iridescent chaetae

bush mouse US English

Any of many small native mammals, including marsupial mice and rodents

deer mouse US English

A mainly nocturnal mouse found in a wide range of habitats in North and Central America

field mouse US English

A dark brown mouse with a long tail and large eyes

honey mouse US English

= honey possum.

house mouse US English

A grayish-brown mouse found abundantly as a scavenger in human dwellings. It is widely kept as a pet or experimental animal and has been bred in many varieties

mouse click US English

The action or an act of depressing a control button on a mouse to select or initiate a function.

mouse-click US English

To press and release (a button on a mouse); to initiate (a program function) or select (an item) in this way, having first positioned the mouse pointer on the appropriate part of the screen.

mouse deer US English

Another term for chevrotain.

mouse dirt US English

Mouse excrement.

mouse-eared US English

Having ears resembling those of a mouse; having an appendage resembling a mouse's ear; specifically (of a willow) †having catkins (obsolete). Now chiefly in compounds.

mouse grass US English

Scottish the silvery hair grass, Aira caryophyllea.

mouse hawk US English

A bird of prey that catches mice; especially †(a) the short-eared owl, Asio flammeus (obsolete); (b) US the hen harrier, Circus cyaneus; (c) US the rough-legged buzzard, Buteo lagopus (rare).

mouse hole US English

A hole made by a mouse as a dwelling or to gain access to an area

mouse-hunt1 US English

Chiefly English regional (southern). An animal that hunts mice; specifically a weasel, a small stoat. Now historical.

mouse-hunt2 US English

A hunt for mice.

mouse lemur US English

A small nocturnal Madagascan lemur with large ears, close-set eyes, and a long tail

mouse mill US English

A device used in a siphon recorder for bringing about electrostatic induction of the ink.

mouse moth US English

A small greyish brown noctuid moth, Amphipyra tragopoginis, which scuttles away when disturbed.

mouse port US English

A socket on a computer, keyboard, etc., for connecting to a mouse.

mouse-proof US English

Impervious to mice; strengthened to prevent mice from gnawing through.

mouse-taker US English

= mouse-catcher.

pine mouse US English

The American pine vole, Pitymys (or Microtus) pinetorum.

pouch-mouse US English

A marsupial mouse.

rock mouse US English

Any of several Eurasian rodents of the family Muridae inhabiting rocky areas; specifically †(a) a rodent occurring in Siberia (not identified) (obsolete); (b) the broad-toothed field mouse, Apodemus mystacinus, a large grey mouse of south-eastern Europe and western Asia (rare).

spiny mouse US English

A mouse that has spines mixed with the hair on its back, native to Africa and southwestern Asia

town mouse US English

(With allusion to one of Aesop's fables) a town dweller, especially one who is unfamiliar with country life.

white mouse US English

An albino form of the house mouse, widely bred as a pet and laboratory animal

wood mouse US English

A dark brown Eurasian mouse with a long tail and large eyes

Alpine mouse US English

= Alpine marmot.

church mouse US English

A mouse which lives in a church. Also figurative and allusive: a person likened to such a mouse (in terms of its proverbial attributes), especially in being impoverished or quiet.

country mouse US English

A mouse which lives in the countryside (originally as a character in fables).

flying mouse US English

another term for feathertail glider.

harvest mouse US English

A nocturnal mouse found in North and Central America

hopping mouse US English

An Australian mouse with elongated hindlimbs and feet for jumping

jumping mouse US English

A mouselike rodent that has long back feet and typically moves in short hops, found in North America and China

meadow mouse US English

Another term for meadow vole.

Mickey Mouse US English

A Walt Disney cartoon character who first appeared as Mortimer Mouse in 1927, becoming Mickey in 1928. During the 1930s, he became established as the central Disney character

mouse barley US English

Wall barley, Hordeum murinum.

mouse button US English

A control button on a mouse.

mouse-catcher US English

A person or animal that catches mice.

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