Refossion

by Heather

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary

Refos’sion, n. the act of digging up.

Word in the Wild: My dog’s favourite activities are eating, sleeping, and refossion.

According to the OED, refossion more specifically means to dig up a second or subsequent time, which makes sense given the re- at the start of the word. You might also have noticed the similarity with fossil: both words find their roots in the Latin fossilis, meaning dug up.

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