Foss

[fos]

fosse

or foss

[fos, faws]
noun
  1. a moat or defensive ditch in a fortification, usually filled with water.
  2. any ditch, trench, or canal.

Origin of fosse

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < Latin fossa fossa1
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fosse

foss

noun
  1. a ditch or moat, esp one dug as a fortification

Word Origin for fosse

C14: from Old French, from Latin fossa; see fossa 1
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Word Origin and History for foss

fosse

n.

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.

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