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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
water vole
▪ Circumstantial evidence suggests that this animal is a significant problem for water voles.
▪ Without doing so, we could miss vital factors of detriment both to water voles and other wetland wildlife.
▪ Rob Strachan stresses that the water vole survey is the first of its kind.
▪ Meanwhile, Strachan views the water vole as an indicator of wetland habitat quality, and he looks forward with little optimism.
▪ The muskrat is a swamp-dwelling rodent something like a large water vole.
▪ A water vole swam vigorously across from a little island, its round face and bright eyes showing above the water.
▪ There were rivers he visited as a child where he could sit and watch water voles every day.
▪ Barn owls' favourite prey are short-tailed voles, which live in hedgerows along the sides of roads.
▪ Cats, too, are sensitive to ultrasonic frequencies and can hear mice and voles in hidden places.
▪ Male meadow voles have bigger hippocampi than females and are better at finding and remembering their way through mazes.
▪ Of the vole molars, 2 out of 18 split longitudinally, 12 disappeared without trace, and only 4 were left intact.
▪ The tundra is widely grazed by mammals, especially voles and lemmings that burrow in the undergrowth.
▪ These excursions in the dark were like a door to another world-the secret world of mice and shrews and moles and voles.
▪ Visitors also can see coyotes, chipmunks, raccoons, marmots and vole.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Vole \Vole\, n. [F.] A deal at cards that draws all the tricks.


Vole \Vole\, v. i. (Card Playing) To win all the tricks by a vole.


Vole \Vole\, n. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of micelike rodents belonging to Arvicola and allied genera of the subfamily Arvicolin[ae]. They have a thick head, short ears, and a short hairy tail.

Note: The water vole, or water rat, of Europe ( Arvicola amphibius) is a common large aquatic species. The short-tailed field vole ( Arvicola agrestis) of Northern and Central Europe, and Asia, the Southern field vole ( Arvicola arvalis), and the Siberian root vole ( Arvicola [oe]conomus), are important European species. The common species of the Eastern United States ( Arvicola riparius) (called also meadow mouse) and the prairie mouse ( Arvicola austerus) are abundant, and often injurious to vegetation. Other species are found in Canada.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1828, short for vole-mouse (1805, in an Orkneys book), literally "field-mouse," with first element probably from Old Norse völlr "field," from Proto-Germanic *walthuz (cognates: Icelandic völlr, Swedish vall "field," Old English weald; see wold).


Etymology 1 n. Any of a large number of species of small rodents of the family Cricetidae. Etymology 2

n. A deal in a card game that draws all the tricks. vb. (context card games intransitive English) To win all the tricks by a vole.


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 [syn: field mouse]


Võle is a village in Haljala Parish, Lääne-Viru County, in northeastern Estonia.

Category:Villages in Lääne-Viru County

Vole (magazine)

Vole was a British environmentalist magazine published between 1977 and 1980. The magazine was intended to have a more light-hearted tone than the other countryside and ecology magazines of the time: the founders' working title for the magazine (shortened when it began actual publication) was "The Questing Vole", from a nature column written by the hero of Evelyn Waugh's novel Scoop - "Feather-footed through the plashy fens passes the questing vole".

The magazine contributed to raising awareness of serious Green politics at a time when many people's view of the issue was coloured by the BBC sitcom The Good Life.

Vole was founded in 1977 by Richard Boston with funding from Terry Jones. Contributors included:

  • Richard Adams
  • John Arlott
  • Pete Atkin, writing about DIY
  • Tony Benn
  • Jeremy Bugler
  • John A Burton
  • Catherine Caufield
  • Gillian Darley, Museum Correspondent
  • Paul Foot
  • David Helton
  • Richard Ingrams
  • Terry Jones
  • Miles Kington
  • Richard Mabey
  • Richard D. North
  • Bryan Reading (cartoonist)
  • Posy Simmonds
  • Ralph Steadman
  • Bill Tidy

Bryan Reading's cartoon strip 'The Belchers' (commissioned by Richard Boston), featuring the bucolic adventures of metropolitan emigrants Nigel and Fiona Allbran, appeared throughout Vole's four-year lifetime. In June 1980, the Managing Editor of Vole was Charles Alverson.

The numbering of the issues was slightly unconventional. From September 1977 to August 1978 they were numbered 1 to 12 though number 8 was misnumbered as 7, subscription copies being manually corrected. The next issue was October 1978, Vol 2 No 1 through to Vol 2 No 11 of September 1979 (but dated October). Volume 3 began with No 1 of October 1979 and goes through to Vol 3 No 10 of July 1980. At this point the format changed to a tabloid size for the remaining three issues, No 11, October 1980, to No 13, December 1980. Volume 4 runs from Jan 1981 to September 1981 numbered 1 - 8 and retains the tabloid form.

Vole's ISSN was 140-4571.

Vole (disambiguation)

A vole is a small rodent in the subfamily Arvicolinae.

Vole may also refer to:

  • Vole (magazine), a UK environmental magazine
  • Vole, Somerset, a village in England
  • Vole (Star Trek), a fictional species in the Star Trek universe
  • The Vole, a nickname for Microsoft originally coined by The Inquirer
  • Vole, a song by Celine Dion from her album " D'eux"

Usage examples of "vole".

Vole felt the malady that plagued all transplanted Earthlings, and which the Etherian music magnified, of natal vertigo-the feeling that the race of man had fallen off the Earth and was now at the mercy of influences for which no preparation had ever been made.

Raif recognized the pelts of lemmings, meadow voles and giant hispid rats all layered into stripes.

Squirrels, Marmots, Jerboas, Mole-Rats, Rats, Mice, Voles, Porcupines, and Hares.

Wolf had discovered an abundance of small creatures, voles, lemmings, and pikas, and had gone off to hunt and explore.

It was a peaceful spot, where few would pass save a grazing sheep or two, a meadow pipit, a foraging vole.

The small furry creatures were an example that Ayla noticed, although during the freezing season, the mice, dormice, voles, susliks, and hamsters were seldom seen, except when she broke through a nest for the vegetable foods they had stored.

If the vole tried to splash around the edge, the way Chex had, he would be half floating, because his little legs were too short to achieve good purchase beneath the water.

Bria and Marrow, these are my friends in Xanth normal: Chex Centaur, Volney Vole, and Latia Curse Fiend.

He walked out of the room, turned, and went down the hall, to the old fire door that faced an alley coman alley now littered with the bodies of those who chose to follow Sister Voleta.

He held the vole in his left hand as he scribed on the soil with the athame in his right.

While he concentrated on the picture of the sword, Richard was vaguely aware of the chirps and clicks of bugs, the low, steady croaks of frogs, and the rustling of mice and voles among the dry debris of the forest floor.

When mice, voles, and velvety-furred shrews, who were used to evading foxes, scurried into holes burrowed just below the surface, Wolf chased gerbils, hamsters, and long-eared, prickly hedgehogs.

And meanwhile there was a sharp rise in the types of rodents, like voles and field mice, able to eat grass seeds.

Squirming through nests of voles and mice, under tree roots for hibernating newts and frogs, and darting after small birds too chilled and hungry to flee, the ravaging horde of eight or ten small white weasels closed in.

And these communities get larger after snakes, the local top predator of voles, go into hibernation.