DORMOUSE, n. Plu. Dormice. [L., to sleep and mouse.] An animal of the mouse kind, which makes a bed of moss or dry leaves, in a hollow tree or under shrubs, lays in a store of nuts or other food, and on the approach of cold weather, rolls itself in a ball and sleeps the greatest part of the winter.
DOR'MOUSE, n. [plur. Dormice. L. dormio, to sleep, and mouse.]
The popular name of the several species of Myoxus, a genus of Mammalia of the order Rodentia.
- 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.