dormouse dormouse  /ˈdɔr ˌmaʊs/


  • (n) small furry-tailed squirrel-like Old World rodent that becomes torpid in cold weather


  1. Prime Minister Attlee, confident of labor unity on this issue, slumped like a doodling dormouse in his seat.
  2. Typical rates: giant panda, 2 a week; elephant or okapi, 30 shillings; squirrel, dormouse or hummingbird, one shilling.
  3. It was almost like the Mad Hatter's tea party, with the Western Three pouring tea on the Russian dormouse's nose.


  1. Jurassic Rat Relative Remains Found in China

    Zhe-Xi Luo, a professor of organismal biology and anatomy at the University of Chicago, recently discovered a 160 million year old skeleton in the Tiaojishan Formation, about 180 kilometers northeast of Beijing. The fossil is a near perfect preservation of the mammal Rugosodon eurasiaticus, a rodent-like creature similar to today's African Dormouse, though bigger and less cuddly.        
    on August 21, 2013     Source: ABC News

  2. 160-Million-Year-Old Fossil of an Omnivore

    The fossil, found in China, was of a fast-running, agile omnivore that resembles the modern-day African dormouse.
    on August 20, 2013     Source: International Herald Tribune

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  • Windsor said: "He told me he loves the Mitchell family." "I was on the 'EastEnders' set when my agent called and said, 'Tim Burton wants you for the voice of the Dormouse in the Johnny Depp 'Alice' movie. I couldn't believe it, and at my...
    on Mar 1, 2010 By: Barbara Windsor Source:

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