One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A vole with dense fur, found chiefly in forests in North America and Eurasia.
Genus Pitymys, family Muridae: many species
- ‘A small number of species thought to have disappeared, such as the Lord Howe Island stick insect and Bavarian pine vole, have been rediscovered since 2000.’
- ‘Their overall adult body length varies from 3 to 5 1/2 inches in the pine vole, to about 4 1/2 to 7 inches in the meadow and prairie voles.’
- ‘The Bavarian pine vole, last seen in 1962, scurried back into view in 2000.’
- ‘Pine voles live throughout the eastern half of the United States and favor open woodlands and orchards.’
- ‘Previous studies show that one of the species, a pine vole, has been extinct in England for the last 400,000 years.’
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