plural -s
: a small fossa : a little hollow
specifically : a depression for the resilium in bivalve shells

Word History


French, small cavity, dimple, from Old French fossete, from fosse + -ete -ette

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fossette was in 1827

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“Fossette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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