One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A long, narrow trench or excavation, especially in a fortification.
- ‘A temporary injunction has prevented removal of an ancient walled ditch, or fosse, part of the boundary of medieval Carrickmines Castle in south Co Dublin, which lies in the path of the last section of the M50 motorway.’
- ‘Making the great fosse was one of many human manipulations of this land.’
- ‘‘Almost looks like the fosses that surrounded the medieval castles,’ Emily reflected.’
- ‘Mr Cullen is due to give his consent to an application made by the local authority under the National Monuments Act to allow the local authority to remove part of the 13 th century fosse, or walled ditch.’
Late Old English, via Old French from Latin fossa (see fossa).
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