[ fos-ik ]
/ ˈfɒs ɪk /
verb (used without object)
Mining. to undermine another's digging; search for waste gold in relinquished workings, washing places, etc.
to search for any object by which to make gain: to fossick for clients.
verb (used with object)
to hunt; seek; ferret out.
Origin of fossick
Related formsfos·sick·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for fossick
/ (ˈfɒsɪk) /
verb Australian and NZ
(intr) to search for gold or precious stones in abandoned workings, rivers, etc
to rummage or search for (something)
Derived Formsfossicker, noun
Word Origin for fossick
C19: Australian, probably from English dialect fussock to bustle about, from fuss
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