from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A rodent animal, Arvicola agrestis, also called the short-tailed field-mouse or meadow-mouse. See Arvicolinœ and vole.
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His thoughts ran on the old legend of the field-vole who mated with a wood-mouse of high degree, and whose descendants to this day bear the marks of their noble origin.
The taunt had been flung at him by a stout field-vole, and, by reason of its novelty as well as of its intrinsic impertinence, had sunk deep into his memory.
Even supposing it possible that animals, such as the red deer and the native ox _might_ have swam across the Straits of Dover or the Irish Channel, to graze anew over deposits in which the bones and horns of their remote ancestors had been entombed long ages before, the feat would have been surely far beyond the power of such feeble natives of the soil as the mole, the hedgehog, the shrew, the dormouse, and the field-vole.
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