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groyne

[groin] /grɔɪn/
noun
1.
groin (def 4).
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groyne

/ɡrɔɪn/
noun
1.
a wall or jetty built out from a riverbank or seashore to control erosion Also called spur, breakwater
Word Origin
C16: origin uncertain: perhaps altered from groin
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Word Origin and History for groyne
n.

"strong, low sea wall," 1580s, perhaps from obsolete groin "pig's snout" (c.1300; the wall so called because it was thought to look like one), from Old French groin, from Latin grunnire "grunt."

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