One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Anatomy, Zoology, and Palaeontology. A small pit, depression, or fossa in the surface of a solid structure, as in the crown of a tooth or the cuticle of an arthropod.
Early 19th century. From French fossette small pit or depression in the surface of a solid structure, kind of ulcer of the cornea (1782 or earlier; earlier in senses ‘small depression’, ‘dimple’) from fosse + -ette.
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