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The dormouse, some kinds of which are noted for spending long periods of hibernation, is used from the mid 16th century as the type of a sleepy or dozing person, and sleepiness is the overriding characteristic of the Dormouse in Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. The first element of the word is associated with French dormir or Latin dormire ‘to sleep’.

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