Definition of fossor
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LNS
fossor, fossōris
fodio
noun (m., 3rd declension)
  1. a digger, delver, ditcher
  2. A miner, workman in a mine
  3. a grave-digger
  4. a fornicator
  5. a common laborer, a clown
Abbreviations
fossor, ōris, m. id., a digger, delver, ditcher. Lit. In gen. (poet. and in post-Aug. prose): et labefacta movens robustus jugera fossor, Verg. G. 2, 264: squalidus in magna compede fossor, Juv. 11, 80; Hor. C. 3, 18, 15; Mart. 7, 71, 4; Col. 11, 2, 38: ceu septa novus jam moenia laxet Fossor, i. e. a miner, sapper, Stat. Th. 2, 419.

— In partic. A miner, workman in a mine, Vitr. 7, 8, 1; Calp. Ecl. 4, 118 (cf. aurifossor).

— In late Lat., a grave-digger, Inscr. Orell. 4925 al.; cf. fossa, I. B. 3.

— In mal. part., a fornicator, Aus. Ep. 49; cf. fossa, I. B. 4.

— Transf., in gen., in a contemptuous signif., a common laborer, a clown, Cat. 22, 10: cum sis cetera fossor, Pers. 5, 122.
 
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