fossa

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Etymology 1[edit]

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Unadapted borrowing from Latin fossa (a ditch, trench, fosse). Doublet of fosse.

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fossa (plural fossae or (obsolete) fossæ)

  1. (anatomy) A pit, groove, cavity, or depression.
    Hyponyms: cubital fossa, fossa of Rosenmüller, glenoid fossa, iliac fossa, incisive fossa, infratemporal fossa, nasal fossa, piriform fossa, popliteal fossa, pterygopalatine fossa, rhomboid fossa, suprainiac fossa, temporal fossa
  2. (astronomy) A long, narrow, shallow depression on the body of an extraterrestrial body, such as a planet or moon.
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Etymology 2[edit]

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A fossa in a zoo in Texas, USA

Borrowing from Malagasy fosa which likely once referred to the Malayan weasel (Mustela nudipes) prior to a semantic shift,[1] thus cognate with Malay pusak and Tagalog pusa both meaning "cat".

Noun[edit]

fossa (plural fossas)

  1. A large nocturnal reddish-brown catlike mammal (Cryptoprocta ferox) of the civet family, endemic to the rainforests of Madagascar. It is slender, long-tailed and has retractile claws and anal scent glands.
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  • Portuguese: fossa

References[edit]

  • ^ Blench, Roger; Walsh, Martin (2011), “Faunal names in Malagasy: their etymologies and implications for the prehistory of the East African coast”, in 11th International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics[1], Aussois, France, pages 1–31
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    Catalan[edit]

    Etymology[edit]

    Latin fossa

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    fossa f (plural fosses)

    1. grave, pit
      fossa comunamass grave
    2. (anatomy) fossa

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    Icelandic[edit]

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    fossa

    1. indefinite accusative/genitive plural of foss

    Italian[edit]

    Etymology[edit]

    From Latin fossa.

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    fossa f (plural fosse)

    1. pit, hole
    2. grave
    3. (anatomy) fossa
    4. trough (depression between waves or ridges)

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    Further reading[edit]

    • fossa in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana

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    fossa

    1. third-person singular/plural imperfect subjunctive of ester

    Latin[edit]

    Etymology[edit]

    Ellipsis of fossa terra (dug-up earth).

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    fossa f (genitive fossae); first declension

    1. (literally)
      1. (in general) a ditch, trench, moat, fosse
      1. Synonyms: fovea, scrobis, fossiō
      2. a gutter, waterway
        Synonym: colliciae
      3. a furrow drawn to mark foundations
      4. (Late Latin) a grave
    2. (transferred sense) a boundary
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    First-declension noun.

    Case Singular Plural
    Nominative fossa fossae
    Genitive fossae fossārum
    Dative fossae fossīs
    Accusative fossam fossās
    Ablative fossā fossīs
    Vocative fossa fossae

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    References[edit]

    • fossa”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
    • fossa”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
    • fossa in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
    • fossa in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
    • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[2], London: Macmillan and Co.
      • to make a ditch, a fosse: fossam ducere
      • to surround a town with a rampart and fosse: oppidum cingere vallo et fossa
    • fossa”, in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
    • fossa”, in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin

    Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

    Etymology 1[edit]

    See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.

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    Verb[edit]

    fossa

    1. inflection of fosse:
      1. simple past
      2. past participle

    Etymology 2[edit]

    Norwegian Bokmål Wikipedia has an article on:
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    From Malagasy fosa.

    Noun[edit]

    fossa m (definite singular fossaen, indefinite plural fossaer, definite plural fossaene)

    1. a fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox)

    Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

    Etymology 1[edit]

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    fossa

    From Malagasy fosa.

    Noun[edit]

    fossa m (definite singular fossaen, indefinite plural fossaer or fossaar, definite plural fossaene or fossaane)

    1. a fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox)

    Etymology 2[edit]

    From the noun foss m (waterfall).

    Alternative forms[edit]

    • fosse (e- and split infinitives)

    Verb[edit]

    fossa (present tense fossar, past tense fossa, past participle fossa, passive infinitive fossast, present participle fossande, imperative fossa/foss)

    1. (intransitive) to flow rapidly, fizz, roar, foam

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    Old Norse[edit]

    Noun[edit]

    fossa

    1. genitive plural indefinite of foss m

    Portuguese[edit]

    Etymology 1[edit]

    From Latin fossa.[1][2]

    Noun[edit]

    fossa f (plural fossas)

    1. hole, hollow, cavity
      Synonym: cova
    2. septic tank
    3. (geology) oceanic trench
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    Etymology 2[edit]

    Borrowed from English fossa, from Malagasy fosa.[2]

    Noun[edit]

    fossa f (plural fossas)

    1. fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox)

    Etymology 3[edit]

    See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.

    Verb[edit]

    fossa

    1. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present indicative of fossar
    2. second-person singular (tu, sometimes used with você) affirmative imperative of fossar

    References[edit]

    1. ^ fossa” in Dicionário infopédia da Língua Portuguesa. Porto: Porto Editora, 2003–2022.
    2. 2.0 2.1 fossa” in Dicionário Priberam da Língua Portuguesa.