groin

groin

[groin]
noun
1.
Anatomy. the fold or hollow on either side of the front of the body where the thigh joins the abdomen.
2.
the general region of this fold or hollow.
3.
Architecture. the curved line or edge formed by the intersection of two vaults. See illus. under vault1.
4.
Also, groyne. a small jetty extending from a shore to prevent beach erosion.
verb (used with object)
5.
Architecture. to form with groins.

Origin:
1350–1400; earlier grine, Middle English grinde; compare Old English grynde abyss, akin to grund bottom, ground1

ungroined, adjective
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groin (ɡrɔɪn)
 
n
1.  the depression or fold where the legs join the abdomenRelated: inguinal
2.  euphemistic the genitals, esp the testicles
3.  a variant spelling (esp US) of groyne
4.  architect a curved arris formed where two intersecting vaults meet
 
vb
5.  (tr) architect to provide or construct with groins
 
Related: inguinal
 
[C15: perhaps from English grynde abyss; related to ground1]

groyne or esp (US) groin (ɡrɔɪn)
 
n
spur, Also called: breakwater a wall or jetty built out from a riverbank or seashore to control erosion
 
[C16: origin uncertain: perhaps altered from groin]
 
groin or esp (US) groin
 
n
 
[C16: origin uncertain: perhaps altered from groin]

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Word Origin & History

groin
1592, from M.E. grynde "groin" (c.1400), originally "depression in the ground," from O.E. grynde "abyss," perhaps also "depression, hollow," from P.Gmc. *grundus (see ground). Altered 16c. by influence of loin. The architectural groin "edge formed by the intersection of two vaults" is from 1725.
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groin (groin)
n.
The crease or hollow at the junction of the inner part of each thigh with the trunk, together with the adjacent region and often including the external genitals.

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