Definition of house mouse in English:

house mouse


  • A greyish-brown mouse found abundantly as a scavenger in human dwellings. It is widely kept as a pet or experimental animal, and has been bred in many varieties.

    Mus musculus, family Muridae

    • ‘Foxes, rabbits, harvest mice, house mice, dormice, shrews, weasels, and voles all depend on the hedgerows as a place to breed, hunt or shelter.’
    • ‘Humans are more likely to contract LCMV from house mice, but infections from pet rodents have also been reported.’
    • ‘Female house mice in general run more than males, and this phenomenon occurs in both our High-Runner and Control lines.’
    • ‘Most investigations have involved house mice and humans.’
    • ‘From that time on, the house mouse has earned its common name, splitting its time between living with us and seeking adventure in the wild.’
    • ‘The source of the infection appears to involve exposure to the urine or feces of common house mice or rodent pets (such as hamsters).’
    • ‘If’ this mechanism actually leads to speciation, is it also unique to house mice?’
    • ‘With the zoo's high densities of rodents (deer mice, white-footed mice, house mice, shrews, moles, and Norway rats), a relatively high density of rodent predators could be achieved.’
    • ‘Giant cockroaches the size of house mice, together with scorpions and fuzzy-brown tarantulas, run for their lives along with myriad smaller insects.’
    • ‘However, the mice present within the patient's dwelling were house mice, which are not known to be carriers of hantaviruses that cause HPS.’