fossa-cat

fossa

2 [fos-uh]
noun
a forest-dwelling genetlike mammal, Cryptoprocta ferox, of the civet family, native to Madagascar, with a short coat of white, black, gray, or brown: now rare.
Also called fossa cat.


Origin:
1830–40; < Malagasy; compare earlier fossane (< French < Malagasy)

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fossa1 (ˈfɒsə)
 
n , pl -sae
an anatomical depression, trench, or hollow area
 
[C19: from Latin: ditch, from fossus dug up, from fodere to dig up]

fossa2 (ˈfɒsə)
 
n
a large primitive catlike viverrine mammal, Cryptoprocta ferox, inhabiting the forests of Madagascar: order Carnivora (carnivores). It has thick reddish-brown fur and preys on lemurs, poultry, etc
 
[from Malagasy]

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fossa fos·sa (fŏs'ə)
n. pl. fos·sae (fŏs'ē')
A small longitudinal cavity or depression, as in a bone.

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