American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various small, squirrellike Old World rodents of the family Gliridae.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A rodent of the family Myoxidæ. The dormouse is peculiar among rodents in having no cæcum. The general appearance is squirrel-like, hence the name squirrel-mice sometimes given to these animals; but the structure and general affinities are murine. The dormice are confined to the old world, and are widely distributed in Europe and Asia, with some outlying forms in Africa. Their shape is neat and gracile; they have full eyes, shapely limbs, and a long hairy tail, which in Myoxus proper is bushy and distichous throughout, in Muscardinus bushy but cylindrical, in Eliomys tufted and flattened at the end, and in Graphi urus shorter and like a lead-pencil. There are about 12 species of the 4 genera named. The common dormouse is Muscardinus avellanarius, only about as large as the house-mouse; the fat dormouse or loir (Myoxus glis) and the garden-dormouse or lerot (Eliomys nitela) are both much larger. The dormice hibernate in a lethargic or torpid state, occasionally waking up in mild weather, and availing themselves of a stock of provisions which they have hoarded.
- n. Any of several species of small, mostly European rodents of the family Gliridae; also called Myoxidae or Muscardinidae by some taxonomists.
- n. UK Muscardinus avellanarius, the hazel dormouse.
- n. figuratively A person who sleeps a great deal, or who falls asleep readily (by analogy with the sound hibernation of the dormouse).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A small European rodent of the genus Myoxus, of several species. They live in trees and feed on nuts, acorns, etc.; -- so called because they are usually torpid in winter.
- n. small furry-tailed squirrel-like Old World rodent that becomes torpid in cold weather
- From Middle English dormous, of uncertain origin. Possibly from dor-, from Old Norse dár ("benumbed") + mous ("mouse"). More at doze, mouse. Although the word has come to be associated as an Anglo-Norman derivative of Old French dormir ("to sleep"), no such Anglo-Norman word is known to have existed . (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, probably alteration (influenced by mous, mouse) of Anglo-Norman dormeus, inclined to sleep, hibernating, from Old French dormir, to sleep; see dormant. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“But by this time the dormouse was a very small animal, and has remained so ever since.”
“At that time the dormouse was the largest animal in the world; when it stood up it looked like a mountain.”
“At last, however, the animal now called a dormouse, which was then the largest gnawing animal existing, was persuaded to go.”
“At this time the dormouse was the largest animal in the world.”
“At last the dormouse undertook it -- for at this time the dormouse was the largest animal in the world.”
“The edible dormouse is a relative of the endangered hazel dormouse, which is a native species in the UK.”
“The edible dormouse is a relative of the endangered hazel dormouse, which is a native species in the UK”
“The "dormouse," however, used to come up and say her parts for my benefit, and that of occasional friends, and was so modest and winsome, and her earnings so invaluable to the family, that I entirely altered my opinion.”
“There she remained, and in the morning one of the labourers found her, and, thinking she was some kind of dormouse, he carried her home to his little girl; and if you call on Mary Ann Smith you will see Fairy Fluffikins there still in a little cage.”
“And that's good news for the rare hazel dormouse which is believed to live in neighbouring woodland.”
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