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  • n. Plural form of foss.
  • n. Plural form of fosse.


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  • We went up to the citadel, which crowns the hill, and is composed of an agglomeration of granite walls, fosses, and casemates, mounds, ditches, barracks, and water-tanks.

    The Englishwoman in America

  • All the fortifications were strengthened; the fosses carefully filled with spikes and water; large stones placed over the gates, convenient to tumble on the heads of the assaulting parties; and caldrons prepared, with furnaces to melt up pitch, brimstone, boiling oil, &c., wherewith hospitably to receive them.

    A Legend of the Rhine

  • Most of the bones came from the fosses aux pauvres, the great common graves of the poor in the center of the atrium.

    The Black Angel

  • It is somewhat conical and consists of two steps or gradations, where two fosses scooped out of the hill go round it, one above the other, the lower one embracing considerably the most space.

    Wild Wales : Its People, Language and Scenery

  • Both these fosses are about six feet deep, and at one time doubtless were bricked, as stout large, red bricks are yet to be seen, here and there, in their sides.

    Wild Wales : Its People, Language and Scenery

  • The table – cloth represented the invaded country, and round it they built barricades of baskets, set up the wine bottles in a rampart, made fortifications of bread and dug fosses of salt.

    The Voyage Out

  • Cuves d'pandage, lagunes, fosses septiques et autres installations de traitement des immondices

    Chapter 13

  • Southwards and south-west were the mining villages of the Lens district with their huge conical fosses.

    The Seventh Manchesters July 1916 to March 1919

  • "My old establishment has sunk into the fosses of the fort: it was a transaction between the government and myself."

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 12, No. 29, August, 1873

  • Just above the village the rapids and fosses were finished by a broad pool pouring over a fall, and creating the particular pool about which something has been said.

    Lines in Pleasant Places Being the Aftermath of an Old Angler


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