One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A small North Eurasian mouse with a prehensile tail, nesting among the stalks of growing cereals and other vegetation.
Micromys minutus, family Muridae
- ‘A great deal of care has gone into choosing a new habitat to help the re-introduction of the harvest mouse which used to live in great numbers in Cheshire.’
- ‘Harvest Mice are the smallest British rodents, being just 5 to 7 cm in length’
- ‘As its name implies the harvest mouse lives along the stems of cereal plants.’
- ‘Foxes, rabbits, harvest mice, house mice, dormice, shrews, weasels, and voles all depend on the hedgerows as a place to breed, hunt or shelter.’
- ‘Harvest mice are active day and night, although most activity occurs at dusk. They do not hibernate, but spend most of their time underground in the winter.’
2A nocturnal mouse found in North and Central America.
Genus Reithrodontomys, family Muridae: several species
- ‘Across North America, the Western Harvest Mouse inhabits sagebrush steppe and agricultural areas in areas below elevations of 500 m.’
- ‘Decadent pickleweed stands and invasive nonnative grasses, effects of the lack of tidal action, supplied poor quality habitat for the salt marsh harvest mouse on the Entry Triangle Marsh.’
- ‘High winter tides temporarily flush endangered salt-marsh harvest mice from their burrows.’
- ‘The salt marsh harvest mouse is a small nocturnal rodent that makes its home and all of its meals out of pickleweed, a native plant growing in the salt marshes.’
- ‘As a result, several species unique to these wetlands are now listed as threatened or endangered, including the salt marsh harvest mouse and the California clapper rail (Rallus longirostris obsoletus).’
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