One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Chiefly English regional (southern). An animal that hunts mice; specifically a weasel, a small stoat. Now historical.
A hunt for mice.
Late 15th century; earliest use found in William Caxton (1415x24–1492), printer, merchant, and diplomat<br>early 19th century; earliest use found in Noah Webster (1758–1843), lexicographer. From mouse + hunt.
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