from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various rodents of the genus Microtus and related genera, resembling rats or mice but having a shorter tail and limbs and a heavier body.
  • n. Games The winning of all the tricks during the play of one hand, as of bridge; a grand slam.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of a large number of species of small rodents of the family Cricetidae.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A deal at cards that draws all the tricks.
  • n. Any one of numerous species of micelike rodents belonging to Arvicola and allied genera of the subfamily Arvicolinæ. They have a thick head, short ears, and a short hairy tail.
  • intransitive v. To win all the tricks by a vole.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In card-playing, to win all the tricks played in one deal.
  • n. In card-playing, a winning of all the tricks played in one deal.
  • n. A shorttailed field-mouse or meadow-mouse; a campagnol or arvicoline; any member of the genus Arvicola in a broad sense.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of various small mouselike rodents of the family Cricetidae (especially of genus Microtus) having a stout short-tailed body and inconspicuous ears and inhabiting fields or meadows


Short for obsolete volemouse, perhaps from Norwegian *vollmus : Old Norse völlr, field + Old Norse mūs, mouse.
French, probably from voler, to fly, from Old French, from Latin volāre, to fly.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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