Definition of red-backed vole in US English:

red-backed vole


  • A vole with a reddish-chestnut back, found in forest, scrub, and tundra regions of the northern hemisphere.

    Genus Clethrionomys, family Muridae: several species

    • ‘Thus, red-backed voles and northern pygmy gerbils are less vulnerable to mammalian predators when in patches of greater density of cover than in patches of less cover.’
    • ‘Among mammals, my annual visitors now include a few common smoky shrews, short-tailed shrews, red-backed voles, and, last but certainly not least in numbers, deer mice.’