Origin of fosse
Examples from the Web for foss
Foss occasionally supplied pulpits in Baltimore and its suburbs, to the derision of the Herald agnostics.The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire|H.L. Mencken|October 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"I'll stick by my bargain," Oliver assured him, his glance struggling between Foss and that silent figure slinking in his rear.The Heritage of the Hills|Arthur P. Hankins
I only saw Foss once, though, strange as it may sound, I have twice talked with him.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition|Robert Louis Stevenson
The dim roar of the foss down in the valley rumbled through the air, but no birds lightened the march with their songs.Through Arctic Lapland|Cutcliffe Hyne
Word Origin for fosse
early 14c. (late 13c. in place names), "ditch, trench," mid-15c., from Old French fosse "ditch, grave, dungeon" (12c.), from Latin fossa "ditch," in full fossa terra, literally "dug earth," from fem. past participle of fodere "to dig" (see fossil).
The Fosse-way (early 12c.), one of the four great Roman roads of Britain, probably was so called from the ditch on either side of it.