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ˈdɔrˌmaʊs; -ˌmaɪsdor·mouse

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dormousenoun

    small furry-tailed squirrel-like Old World rodent that becomes torpid in cold weather


  1. dormousenoun

    Any of several species of small, mostly European rodents of the family Gliridae; also called Myoxidae or Muscardinidae by some taxonomists.

  2. dormousenoun

    A person who sleeps a great deal, or who falls asleep readily (by analogy with the sound hibernation of the dormouse).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Dormousenoun

    A small animal which passes a large part of the Winter in sleep.

    Etymology: dormio, to sleep, and mouse.

    Come, we all sleep, and are mere dormice flies,
    A little less than dead: more dulness hangs
    On us than on the moon. Ben Jonson, Catiline.

    After they have lain a little while they grow as drowsy as dormice, unless they are roused. Jeremy Collier, on Thought.


  1. Dormouse

    A dormouse is a rodent of the family Gliridae (this family is also variously called Myoxidae or Muscardinidae by different taxonomists). Dormice are nocturnal animals found in Africa, Asia, and Europe. They are named for their long, dormant hibernation period of six months or longer.The English name of the species derived from the French dormeuse, and the latter in turn possibly from the Languedocien radourmeire.


  1. dormouse

    A dormouse is a small nocturnal rodent found primarily in Africa, Asia, and Europe. They are known for their long hibernation periods and their squirrel-like appearance with a furry tail. There are about 30 species of dormice, and they tend to live in trees or bushes, feeding mainly on fruits, nuts, and insects.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dormousenoun

    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

  2. Etymology: [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.]


  1. Dormouse

    The dormouse is a rodent of the family Gliridae. Dormice are mostly found in Europe, although some live in Africa and Asia. They are particularly known for their long periods of hibernation. Because only one species of dormouse is native to the British Isles, in everyday English usage dormouse usually refers to one species as well as to the family as a whole.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dormouse in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dormouse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of dormouse in a Sentence

  1. George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron:

    When one subtracts from life infancy (which is vegetation), sleep, eating and swilling, buttoning and unbuttoning -- how much remains of downright existence? The summer of a dormouse.

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