Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The winning of all the tricks during the play of one hand, as of bridge; a grand slam.
  • noun Any of various rodents of the genus Microtus and related genera, found throughout much of the Northern Hemisphere and having a short muzzle and tail and small ears.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In card-playing, a winning of all the tricks played in one deal.
  • In card-playing, to win all the tricks played in one deal.
  • noun A shorttailed field-mouse or meadow-mouse; a campagnol or arvicoline; any member of the genus Arvicola in a broad sense.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A deal at cards that draws all the tricks.
  • intransitive verb (Card Playing) To win all the tricks by a vole.
  • noun (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous species of micelike rodents belonging to Arvicola and allied genera of the subfamily Arvicolinæ. They have a thick head, short ears, and a short hairy tail.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any of a large number of species of small rodents of the family Cricetidae.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun any of various small mouselike rodents of the family Cricetidae (especially of genus Microtus) having a stout short-tailed body and inconspicuous ears and inhabiting fields or meadows

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, probably from voler, to fly, from Old French, from Latin volāre, to fly.]

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Short for obsolete volemouse, perhaps from Norwegian *vollmus : Old Norse völlr, field + Old Norse mūs, mouse.]

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  • Not (necessarily) to be confused with love. Unless, of course, you happen to be a vole.

    April 16, 2009

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    April 16, 2009