harvest mouse definition

  • noun:
    • A species of the sub-family Murinae (old-world rats and mice).
    • a very little European industry mouse (Mus minutus). It creates a globular nest from the stems of grain as well as other flowers.
    • a rather small murine rodent or mouse, Mus minutus, abundant in European countries, nesting in whole grain, and so specially observable in harvest-time. It is one of the very smallest of mice, being about 2ΒΌ ins in length, with a tail almost for as long.
    • tiny reddish-brown Eurasian mouse inhabiting e.g. cornfields
    • any of a few tiny greyish New World mice inhabiting e.g. whole grain fields

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