a cylinder of wickerwork filled with earth, used as a military defense.
a metal cylinder filled with stones and sunk in water, used in laying the foundations of a dam or jetty.

1570–80; < Middle French: rough, two-handled basket < Italian gabbione, augmentative of gabbia cage < Latin cavea cavity, cage Unabridged
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gabion (ˈɡeɪbɪən)
1.  a cylindrical metal container filled with stones, used in the construction of underwater foundations
2.  a wickerwork basket filled with stones or earth, used (esp formerly) as part of a fortification
[C16: from French: basket, from Italian gabbione, from gabbia cage, from Latin cavea; see cage]

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Example sentences
Required suitable fill will be placed behind the gabion baskets.
The proposed work will involve removal of the unstable material and placement
  of gabion baskets to buttress the hillside.
The preferred alternative selected is a porous gabion barrier.
Work consists of installation of gabion baskets and riprap bedding.
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