fossick


fos·sick

verb \ˈfä-sik\

Definition of FOSSICK

intransitive verb
1
Australian & New Zealand :  to search for gold or gemstones typically by picking over abandoned workings
2
chiefly Australian & New Zealand :  to search about :  rummage
transitive verb
chiefly Australian & New Zealand :  to search for by or as if by rummaging :  ferret out
fos·sick·er noun, chiefly Australian & New Zealand

Origin of FOSSICK

English dialect fossick to ferret out
First Known Use: 1852

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