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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Foss(e, n. [ME. (c 1400) and OF. fosse, L. fossa.] A ditch, esp. one made for defence. (Cf. Fous n.) 1482 Acta Aud. 104/2.
The wrangwiss distructioune & dovnecastin of the fosse and dikis of the loch
1513 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 88.
That ale fremen … sale byg and upmak thar fossis and bastulȝy, … at the Sandenes
1558 Inverness B. Rec. I. 17.
The ald Castell hill to the north, … and the fosse to the est
1586 Lindsay MS. 13.
Gif thai war fortifeit or not or gif thai haue maid fosses
fig. 1490 Irland Mir. fol. 219.
In the law foss and pyt of syn
1549 Compl. 19/7.
The quhilk … garris them fal in the depe fosse of seruitude

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