EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MICE
The mice, he avers, enjoyed the pleasures of the chase with composure.
The paper bags from which the mice had burst were still in the center of the floor.
All over the room ran the mice, and all about darted the frightened girls.
Her solicitude was no less manifest when she brought me rats or mice.
Every day he brought Jack mice and squirrels and other game as long as he lived.
For example, they are very large in the ox, but small in mice.
The proper plan is to think that it is the mice nibbling at them.
But if I told all I know, everybody would be as wise as I am, so let us go on about the mice.
I saw the mice go down, down, down, through the clear water.
They never lost any time in getting from one place to another, these mice.
Old English mus "small rodent," also "muscle of the arm," from Proto-Germanic *mus (cf. Old Norse, Old Frisian, Middle Dutch, Danish, Swedish mus, Dutch muis, German Maus "mouse"), from PIE *mus- (cf. Sanskrit mus "mouse, rat," Old Persian mush "mouse," Old Church Slavonic mysu, Latin mus, Lithuanian muse "mouse," Greek mys "mouse, muscle").
Plural form mice (Old English mys) shows effects of i-mutation. Contrasted with man (n.) from 1620s. Meaning "black eye" (or other discolored lump) is from 1842. Computer sense is from 1965, though applied to other things resembling a mouse in shape since 1750, mainly nautical.