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dormice


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dormouse  \Dor"mouse\,  n.;  pl  {Dormice}.  [Perh.  fr  F.  dormir  to 
  sleep  (Prov.  E.  dorm  to  doze)  +  E.  mouse;  or  perh.  changed 
  fr  F.  dormeuse,  fem.,  a  sleeper,  though  not  found  in  the 
  sense  of  a  dormouse.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  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. 




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