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 for deer mouse
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mouse \Mouse\ (mous), n.; pl. Mice (m[imac]s). [OE. mous, mus,
     AS. m[=u]s, pl. m[=y]s; akin to D. muis, G. maus, OHG. &
     Icel. m[=u]s, Dan. muus, Sw. mus, Russ. muishe, L. mus, Gr.
     my^s, Skr. m[=u]sh mouse, mush to steal. [root]277. Cf.
     Muscle, Musk.]
     1. (Zool.) Any one of numerous species of small rodents
        belonging to the genus Mus and various related genera of
        the family Muridae. The common house mouse ({Mus
        musculus) is found in nearly all countries. The American
        white-footed mouse, or deer mouse ({Peromyscus
        leucopus, formerly Hesperomys leucopus) sometimes lives
        in houses. See Dormouse, Meadow mouse, under Meadow,
        and Harvest mouse, under Harvest.
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     2. (Naut.)
        (a) A knob made on a rope with spun yarn or parceling to
            prevent a running eye from slipping.
        (b) Same as 2d Mousing, 2.
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     3. A familiar term of endearment. --Shak.
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     4. A dark-colored swelling caused by a blow. [Slang]
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     5. A match used in firing guns or blasting.
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     Field mouse, Flying mouse, etc. See under Field,
        Flying, etc.
  
     Mouse bird (Zool.), a coly.
  
     Mouse deer (Zool.), a chevrotain, as the kanchil.
  
     Mouse galago (Zool.), a very small West American galago
        ({Galago murinus). In color and size it resembles a
        mouse. It has a bushy tail like that of a squirrel.
  
     Mouse hawk. (Zool.)
        (a) A hawk that devours mice.
        (b) The hawk owl; -- called also mouse owl.
  
     Mouse lemur (Zool.), any one of several species of very
        small lemurs of the genus Chirogaleus, found in
        Madagascar.
  
     Mouse piece (Cookery), the piece of beef cut from the part
        next below the round or from the lower part of the latter;
        -- called also mouse buttock.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Deer \Deer\ (d[=e]r), n. sing. & pl. [OE. der, deor, animal,
     wild animal, AS. de['o]r; akin to D. dier, OFries. diar, G.
     thier, tier, Icel. d[=y]r, Dan. dyr, Sw. djur, Goth. dius; of
     unknown origin. [root]71.]
     1. Any animal; especially, a wild animal. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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              Mice and rats, and such small deer.   --Shak.
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              The camel, that great deer.           --Lindisfarne
                                                    MS.
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     2. (Zool.) A ruminant of the genus Cervus, of many species,
        and of related genera of the family Cervid[ae]. The
        males, and in some species the females, have solid
        antlers, often much branched, which are shed annually.
        Their flesh, for which they are hunted, is called
        venison.
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     Note: The deer hunted in England is Cervus elaphus, called
           also stag or red deer; the fallow deer is Cervus
           dama; the common American deer is Cervus
           Virginianus; the blacktailed deer of Western North
           America is Cervus Columbianus; and the mule deer of
           the same region is Cervus macrotis. See Axis,
           Fallow deer, Mule deer, Reindeer.
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     Note: Deer is much used adjectively, or as the first part of
           a compound; as, deerkiller, deerslayer, deerslaying,
           deer hunting, deer stealing, deerlike, etc.
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     Deer mouse (Zool.), the white-footed mouse ({Peromyscus
        leucopus, formerly Hesperomys leucopus) of America.
  
     Small deer, petty game, not worth pursuing; -- used
        metaphorically. (See citation from Shakespeare under the
        first definition, above.) "Minor critics . . . can find
        leisure for the chase of such small deer." --G. P. Marsh.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  fieldmouse \fieldmouse\, field mouse \field mouse\n.
     1. (Zool.) any nocturnal Old World mouse of the genus
        Apodemus inhabing woods and fields and gardens.
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     2. (Zool.) any mouse inhabiting fields, as the campagnol
        and the deer mouse. See Campagnol, and Deer mouse.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  deer mouse
      n 1: brownish New World mouse; most widely distributed member of
           the genus [syn: deer mouse, Peromyscus maniculatus]

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