Fossick Fos"sick, v. i. [Dial. E. fossick, fossuck, a troublesome person, fussick to potter over one's work, fussock to bustle about; of uncertain origin. Cf. {Fuss}.] 1. (Mining) To search for gold by picking at stone or earth or among roots in isolated spots, picking over abandoned workings, etc.; hence, to steal gold or auriferous matter from another's claim. [Australia] [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

2. To search about; to rummage.

A man who has fossicked in nature's byways. --D. Macdonald. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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