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deer mouse Explained

deer mouse at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

Any of about 60 species (genus Peromyscus, family Cricetidae) of small, delicate rodents that are active at night and are found in habitats from Alaska to S. America. They often outnumber all other mammals in an area. Deer mice are 3-6.5 in. (8-17 cm) long (excluding the long tail) and have large eyes, soft fur, and relatively large ears. Colors range from white to brown or blackish, with white underparts and feet. They eat plant and animal matter and nest in burrows or trees. Clean, easily cared for, and prolific, they are often used as laboratory animals.

Deer mouse at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Deer \Deer\ (d[=e]r), n. sing. & pl. [OE. der, deor, animal,
wild animal, AS. de['o]r; akin to D. dier, OFries. diar, G.
thier, tier, Icel. d[=y]r, Dan. dyr, Sw. djur, Goth. dius; of
unknown origin. [root]71.]
1. Any animal; especially, a wild animal. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

Mice and rats, and such small deer. --Shak.

The camel, that great deer. --Lindisfarne

2. (Zo["o]l.) A ruminant of the genus {Cervus}, of many
species, and of related genera of the family {Cervid[ae]}.
The males, and in some species the females, have solid
antlers, often much branched, which are shed annually.
Their flesh, for which they are hunted, is called venison.

Note: The deer hunted in England is {Cervus elaphus}, called
also stag or red deer; the fallow deer is {C. dama};
the common American deer is {C. Virginianus}; the
blacktailed deer of Western North America is {C.
Columbianus}; and the mule deer of the same region is
{C. macrotis}. See {Axis}, {Fallow deer}, {Mule deer},

Note: Deer is much used adjectively, or as the first part of
a compound; as, deerkiller, deerslayer, deerslaying,
deer hunting, deer stealing, deerlike, etc.

{Deer mouse} (Zo["o]l.), the white-footed mouse ({Hesperomys
leucopus}) of America.

{Small deer}, petty game, not worth pursuing; -- used
metaphorically. (See citation from Shakespeare under the
first definition, above.) ``Minor critics . . . can find
leisure for the chase of such small deer.'' --G. P. Marsh.

deer mouse at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

deer mouse
n : brownish New World mouse; most widely distributed member of
the genus [syn: {Peromyscus maniculatus}]