- (in the early Christian church) a minor clergyman employed as a gravedigger.
Origin of fossor
1850–55; < Latin: digger (Late Latin: gravedigger), equivalent to fod(ere) to dig + -tor -tor, with dt > ss
Also called fossarian.
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Examples from the Web for fossor
In size and color they are like fossor, but the skulls are intermediate.
This present study reveals intergradation between ocius and uinta, and also between ocius and fossor (see account of fossor).
Because the animals are more like fossor in the majority of characters, they are here referred to that race.
The difference in color is greater in comparison with fossor than with rostralis.A New Pocket Gopher (Genus Thomomys), from Eastern Colorado
E. Raymond Hall
The young Greek knelt at the old man's feet, then rose and kissed his hand, and followed in silence the fossor Hilarus.Valeria
William Henry Withrow