groyne

groyne

[groin]
noun
groin ( def 4 ).
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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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groyne
"strong, low sea wall," 1582, from obsolete groin "pig's snout" (because ir was thought to look like one), from O.Fr. groin, from L. grunnire "grunt."
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