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fossa

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noun fos·sa \ˈfä-sə\

Definition of fossa

plural

fossae

play \ˈfä-ˌsē, -ˌsī\
  1. :  an anatomical pit, groove, or depression

Origin and Etymology of fossa

New Latin, from Latin, ditch


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fossa

noun fos·sa

Definition of fossa

  1. :  a slender, long-tailed, carnivorous mammal (Cryptoprocta ferox of the family Eupleridae) of Madagascar that has retractile claws, usually reddish-brown or sometimes black, short, thick fur, and anal scent glands The fossa evolved on the catless island of Madagascar, where it became the ecological equivalent of a cat. With nothing else around to fill the role, the fossa became a sort of mini-leopard, hunting lemurs and other small animals in the forest at night. — Fiona Sunquist

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Origin and Etymology of fossa

Malagasy


Medical Dictionary

fossa

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noun fos·sa \ˈfäs-ə\

Medical Definition of fossa

plural

fossae

\-ˌē, -ˌī\play play
  1. :  an anatomical pit, groove, or depression the temporal fossa of the skull the fossa in the liver for the gallbladder

fossate

\-ˌāt\play adjective

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