fossa

1
[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. fosdick, harry emerson,
  2. foshan,
  3. fosphenytoin,
  4. foss,
  5. foss, lukas,
  6. fossa of lacrimal gland,
  7. fossa of vestibule of vagina,
  8. fossae,
  9. fossarian,
  10. fosse

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

fossa

2
[ 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.

Origin of fossa

2
1830–40; < Malagasy; compare earlier fossane (< French < Malagasy)

Also called fossa cat.

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British Dictionary definitions for fossa

fossa

1
/ (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

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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Medicine definitions for fossa

fossa

[ fŏsə ]

n. pl. fos•sae (fŏsē′)

A small longitudinal cavity or depression, as in a bone.

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