\ ˈfäs How to pronounce fosse (audio) \
variants: or foss

Definition of fosse

: ditch, moat

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the first line of defense is a water-filled fosse that enemy troops would have to cross

First Known Use of fosse

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fosse

Middle English fosse, borrowed from Anglo-French, going back to Latin fossa "ditch, trench," noun derivative from feminine of fossus, past participle of fodere "to jab, dig" — more at fossil entry 1

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“Fosse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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