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fos·sa 1

n. pl. fos·sae (fŏs′ē′) Anatomy
A small cavity or depression, as in a bone.

[Latin, ditch, from feminine past participle of fodere, to dig.]

fos′sate′ (fŏs′āt′) adj.

fos·sa 2

A catlike carnivorous mammal (Cryptoprocta ferox) of Madagascar, having reddish-brown fur, a long tail, long whiskers, and retractile claws.

[Malagasy fosa.]


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


(Animals) 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]


(ˈfɒs ə)

n., pl. fos•sae (ˈfɒs i)
a pit, cavity, or depression, as in a bone.
[1820–30; < Latin: ditch, fosse, short for fossa (terra) dug or dug out (earth), n. use of feminine of fossus, past participle of fodere to dig]


(ˈfɒs ə)

n., pl. -sas.
a large viverrid carnivore, Cryptoprocta ferox, of Madagascar. Also called fos′sa cat`.
[1830–40; < Malagasy]


A shallow depression.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fossa - a concavity in a surface (especially an anatomical depression)fossa - a concavity in a surface (especially an anatomical depression)
glenoid cavity, glenoid fossa - the concavity in the head of the scapula that receives the head of the humerus to form the shoulder joint
glenoid fossa, mandibular fossa - a deep concavity in the temporal bone at the root of the zygomatic arch that receives the condyle of the mandible
bodily cavity, cavum, cavity - (anatomy) a natural hollow or sinus within the body
epigastric fossa, pit of the stomach - a slight depression in the midline just below the sternum (where a blow can affect the solar plexus)
concave shape, concavity, incurvation, incurvature - a shape that curves or bends inward
2.Fossa - monotypic genus of Madagascar civets closely related to palm civets
mammal genus - a genus of mammals
fanaloka, Fossa fossa - civet of Madagascar
3.fossa - largest carnivore of Madagascarfossa - largest carnivore of Madagascar; intermediate in some respects between cats and civets
viverrine, viverrine mammal - small cat-like predatory mammals of warmer parts of the Old World


n. L. fosa, cavidad, hueco, depresión;
___ glenoid___ glenoidea;
___ interpeduncular___ interpeduncular;
___ jugular___ yugular;
___ mandibular___ mandibular;
___ nasal___ nasal;
___ navicular___ navicular.


n fosa
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