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fosse

[fos, faws] /fɒs, fɔs/
noun
1.
a moat or defensive ditch in a fortification, usually filled with water.
2.
any ditch, trench, or canal.
Also, foss.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French < Latin fossa fossa
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British Dictionary definitions for fosses

fosse

/fɒs/
noun
1.
a ditch or moat, esp one dug as a fortification
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from Latin fossa; see fossa1
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Word Origin and History for fosses

fosse

n.

early 14c. (late 13c. in place names), "ditch, trench," mid-15c., from Old French fosse "ditch, grave, dungeon" (12c.), from Latin fossa "ditch," in full fossa terra, literally "dug earth," from fem. past participle of fodere "to dig" (see fossil).

The Fosse-way (early 12c.), one of the four great Roman roads of Britain, probably was so called from the ditch on either side of it.

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