dormouse definition

  • noun:
    • some of different small, squirrellike Old World rats associated with household Gliridae.
    • any one of a number of types of tiny, mostly European rodents for the household Gliridae; also called Myoxidae or Muscardinidae by some taxonomists.
    • Muscardinus avellanarius, the hazel dormouse.
    • someone who sleeps much, or which drops asleep easily (by analogy using the sound hibernation of this dormouse).
    • a tiny European rodent associated with genus Myoxus, of a number of species. They are now living in woods and prey on peanuts, acorns, etc.; -- so-called since they are usually torpid in winter months.
    • A rodent for the family members Myoxidæ.
    • little furry-tailed squirrel-like old-world rodent that becomes torpid in cold temperatures

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