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fossa

noun fos·sa \ ˈfä-sə \

Definition of fossa

plural fossae play \ˈfä-ˌsē, -ˌsī\
:an anatomical pit, groove, or depression

Origin and Etymology of fossa

borrowed from Medieval Latin, going back to Latin, "ditch, trench," noun derivative from feminine of fossus, past participle of fodere "to jab, dig" — more at 1fossil


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fossa

noun

Definition of fossa

: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

borrowed from French, borrowed from Malagasy fosa


Medical Dictionary

fossa

noun fos·sa \ ˈfäs-ə \

medical Definition of fossa

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

fossate

play \-ˌāt\ adjective

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