|Easton's Bible Dictionary|
Hebrews `akhbar, "swift digger"1 Samuel 6:4). In Leviticus 11:29, Isaiah 66:17 this word is used generically, and includes the jerboa (Mus jaculus), rat, hamster (Cricetus), which, though declared to be unclean animals, were eaten by the Arabs, and are still eaten by the Bedouins. It is said that no fewer than twenty-three species of this group (`akhbar=Arab. ferah) of animals inhabit Palestine. God "laid waste" the people of Ashdod by the terrible visitation of field-mice, which are like locusts in their destructive effects (1 Samuel 6:4, 11, 18). Herodotus, the Greek historian, accounts for the destruction of the army of Sennacherib (2 Kings 19:35) by saying that in the night thousands of mice invaded the camp and gnawed through the bow-strings, quivers, and shields, and thus left the Assyrians helpless. (see SENNACHERIB.)
Noah Webster's Dictionary
1. (n.) 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, or deer, mouse (Hesperomys leucopus) sometimes lives in houses. See Harvest.
2. (n.) A knob made on a rope with spun yarn or parceling to prevent a running eye from slipping.
3. (n.) Same as Mousing.
4. (n.) A familiar term of endearment.
5. (n.) A dark-colored swelling caused by a blow.
6. (n.) A match used in firing guns or blasting.
7. (v. i.) To watch for and catch mice.
8. (v. i.) To watch for or pursue anything in a sly manner; to pry about, on the lookout for something.
9. (v. t.) To tear, as a cat devours a mouse.
10. (v. t.) To furnish with a mouse; to secure by means of a mousing. See Mouse, n., 2.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
mous, mis (`akhbar; Septuagint mus, "mouse"; compare Arabic `akbar, "jerboa" not 'akbar, "greater"; compare also proper noun, `akhbor, "Achbor" (Genesis 36:38 1 Chronicles 1:49; also 2 Kings 22:12, 14 Jeremiah 26:22; Jeremiah 36:12)): The word occurs in the list of unclean "creeping things" (Leviticus 11:29), in the account of the golden mice and tumors (the King James Version and the American Revised Version margin "emerods") sent by the Philistines (1 Samuel 6:4-18), and in the phrase, "eating swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse" (Isaiah 66:17). The cosmopolitan housemouse, Mus musculus, is doubtless the species referred to. The jerboa or jumping mouse, Arabic yarbu, is eaten by the Arabs of the Syrian desert, Northeast of Damascus. Possibly allied to `akhbar is the Arabic `akbar (generally in plural, `akabir), used for the male of the jerboa.
Alfred Ely Day
Mouse (2 Occurrences)
Leviticus 11:29 These also shall be unclean unto you among the creeping things that creep upon the earth; the weasel, and the mouse, and the tortoise after his kind, (KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Isaiah 66:17 "Those who sanctify themselves and purify themselves to go to the gardens, behind one in the midst, eating pig's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, they shall come to an end together," says Yahweh. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT)