[syn: fossa, fossa cat, Cryptoprocta ferox]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
fossa \fos"sa\, n.; pl. foss[ae]. [L., a ditch. See Fosse.]
A pit, groove, cavity, or depression, of greater or less
depth; as, the temporal fossa on the side of the skull; the
nasal foss[ae] containing the nostrils in most birds.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a concavity in a surface (especially an anatomical
depression) [syn: pit, fossa]
2: monotypic genus of Madagascar civets closely related to palm
civets [syn: Fossa, genus Fossa]
3: largest carnivore of Madagascar; intermediate in some
respects between cats and civets [syn: fossa, fossa cat,
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
FOSSA, Eng. law. A ditch full of water, where formerly women who had
committed a felony were drowned; the grave. Cowel, Int.