fos·​sor | \ ˈfäsə(r) also ˈfȯs-\
plural -s

Definition of fossor

: a gravedigger in the early church

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First Known Use of fossor

1833, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fossor

Late Latin, from Latin, digger, from fossus (past participle of fodere to dig) + -or

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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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