Definition of wood mouse in US English:

wood mouse


  • A dark brown Eurasian mouse with a long tail and large eyes.

    Genus Apodemus, family Muridae: several species, in particular the widespread A. sylvaticus

    Also called field mouse
    • ‘This grooming asymmetry was studied using Markov chain analysis for grooming sequences in two captive wood mouse colonies, and transition rates were used to represent motivation in both sexes.’
    • ‘The wood mice cause few problems, are great fun to watch and attract owls.’
    • ‘Sure enough, a small wood mouse is gorging itself accordingly as described.’
    • ‘The wood mouse, A.sylvaticus, is taken as the mammalian reference species, while amphibians and earthworms are used to obtain complementary information on teratogeny and genotoxicity.’
    • ‘Wildcats prey mainly on smaller animals, particularly voles, wood mice, and seabirds but they also kill rabbits and mountain hares.’
    • ‘For instance, because the cost of foraging for predispersal seeds was higher than for postdispersal seeds, the effect of food augmentation on foraging by wood mice was greater during the predispersal phase.’
    • ‘The first trap contained a wood mouse, and Mr Satinet explained how to identify and weigh the mouse before returning it to the wild.’
    • ‘Much of UK wildlife is dependent on invertebrates for food including many mammals, such as wood mice, bats and hedgehogs.’
    • ‘The sperm of the European wood mouse, Apodemus sylvaticus, hook together in long, thick trains that can double an individual's speed, say Harry Moore of the University of Sheffield in England and his colleagues in the July 11 Nature.’
    • ‘Each experimental group was kept for 120 days, which is considered to equal the life span of wood mice under natural conditions and was checked daily for litters.’
    • ‘In the wood mouse (A. sylvaticus), males of which are more aggressive to others of their own sex than are females, the demand for matings by males is far larger than the number of matings females can offer.’
    • ‘A collection of wild wood mice were removed from their natural habitat and placed in an artificial environment under surveillance.’
    • ‘The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs said the chipmunks are quite harmless to humans, but could muscle out wood mice and bank voles in the fight for seeds, nuts and berries.’
    • ‘They should thrive on the island's abundant small mammal populations (including wood mice and the unique Skomer vole), and now bring the number of owl species nesting on the island to three (joining short-eared and little owls).’