dormouse

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English[edit]

African Dormouse
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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English dormous, of uncertain origin. Possibly from dor-, from Old Norse dár (benumbed) + mous (mouse). More at doze, mouse.

The word is sometimes considered to come from an Anglo-Norman derivative of Old French dormir (to sleep), but no such Anglo-Norman word is known to have existed. [1]

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Noun[edit]

dormouse (plural dormice)

  1. Any of several species of small, mostly European rodents of the family Gliridae; also called Myoxidae or Muscardinidae by some taxonomists.
  2. (UK) Muscardinus avellanarius, the hazel dormouse.
  3. (figuratively) A person who sleeps a great deal, or who falls asleep readily (by analogy with the sound hibernation of the dormouse).

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Random House Dictionary, dormouse.