Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A species of civet (Viverra fossa) resembling the genet.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A species of civet (Viverra fossa) resembling the genet.

Etymologies

Compare French fossane. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • [1202] It is thus written by Johnson, from the French pronunciation of fossane.

    Life Of Johnson

  • It should be observed, that the person who shewed this Menagerie was mistaken in supposing the fossane and the Brasilian weasel to be the same, the fossane being a different animal, and a native of Madagascar.

    Life Of Johnson

  • Menagerie was mistaken in supposing the _fossane_ and the Brasilian weasel to be the same, the _fossane_ being a different animal, and a native of Madagascar.

    Life of Johnson, Volume 2 1765-1776

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