fossa


1fos·sa

noun \ˈfä-sə\
plural fos·sae \-ˌsē, -ˌsī\

Definition of FOSSA

:  an anatomical pit, groove, or depression

Origin of FOSSA

New Latin, from Latin, ditch
First Known Use: 1733

Rhymes with FOSSA

2fossa

noun

Definition of FOSSA

:  a slender long-tailed carnivorous mammal (Cryptoprocta ferox) of Madagascar that has retractile claws and is often grouped with the mongooses or placed in a related family (Eupleridae)

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Origin of FOSSA

Malagasy
First Known Use: 1838

fos·sa

noun \ˈfäs-ə\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural fos·sae \-ˌē, -ˌī\

Medical Definition of FOSSA

: an anatomical pit, groove, or depression <the temporal fossa of the skull> <the fossa in the liver for the gallbladder>
fos·sate \-ˌāt\ adjective

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