Meaning 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The source of the infection appears to involve exposure to the urine or feces of common house mice or rodent pets (such as hamsters).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most investigations have involved house mice and humans.’
    • ‘However, the mice present within the patient's dwelling were house mice, which are not known to be carriers of hantaviruses that cause HPS.’
    • ‘Giant cockroaches the size of house mice, together with scorpions and fuzzy-brown tarantulas, run for their lives along with myriad smaller insects.’
    • ‘If’ this mechanism actually leads to speciation, is it also unique to house mice?’
    • ‘Female house mice in general run more than males, and this phenomenon occurs in both our High-Runner and Control lines.’
    • ‘Humans are more likely to contract LCMV from house mice, but infections from pet rodents have also been reported.’