Word of the day

The word for today is…

fossick (verb) – 1. To search for gold, especially by reworking washings or waste piles.
2. To rummage or search around, especially for a possible profit.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : The verb fossick is confined pretty much to Australia and New Zealand. As with many regional and dialect words, its etymology is unclear: the verb seems to be a regional British term fussock, fursick meaning “to fuss, fidget, bustle.” In Australia and New Zealand fossick originally meant to hunt for gold or other precious metals or precious stones by digging with a knife or by studying the ground for overlooked fragments. Fossick has an additional sense of hunting for or foraging for small items e.g., to fossick through a drawer for scissors. Fossick entered English in the 19th century.


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