Origin: earlier vole mouse < Scand, as in ON vǫllr, meadow, field (< PGmc *walthu- > weald, wold, Ger wald, < IE *wel-, shaggy hair, grass) + mouse
Origin: Fr, prob. < voler, to fly < L volare
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Origin: Short for obsolete volemouse, perhaps from Norwegian *vollmus : Old Norse vllr, field + Old Norse mūs, mouse.
Origin: French, probably from voler, to fly, from Old French, from Latin volāre, to fly.