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fossa

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[ fos-uh ]
/ ˈfɒs ə /
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noun, plural fos·sae [fos-ee]. /ˈfɒs i/. Anatomy.
a pit, cavity, or depression, as in a bone.
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Origin of fossa

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1820–30; <Latin: ditch, trench, fosse, short for fossa (terra) dug or dug out (earth), noun use of feminine of fossus, past participle of fodere to dig

Other definitions for fossa (2 of 2)

fossa2
[ fos-uh ]
/ ˈfɒs ə /

noun
a forest-dwelling genetlike mammal, Cryptoprocta ferox, of the civet family, native to Madagascar, with a short coat of white, black, gray, or brown: now rare.
Also called fossa cat .

Origin of fossa

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1830–40; <Malagasy; compare earlier fossane (<French < Malagasy)
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British Dictionary definitions for fossa (1 of 2)

fossa1
/ (ˈfɒsə) /

noun plural -sae (-siː)
an anatomical depression, trench, or hollow area

Word Origin for fossa

C19: from Latin: ditch, from fossus dug up, from fodere to dig up

British Dictionary definitions for fossa (2 of 2)

fossa2
/ (ˈfɒsə) /

noun
a large primitive catlike viverrine mammal, Cryptoprocta ferox, inhabiting the forests of Madagascar: order Carnivora (carnivores). It has thick reddish-brown fur and preys on lemurs, poultry, etc

Word Origin for fossa

from Malagasy
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Medical definitions for fossa

fossa
[ fŏsə ]

n. pl. fos•sae (fŏsē′)
A small longitudinal cavity or depression, as in a bone.
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