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gabion

[gey-bee-uh n]
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noun
  1. a cylinder of wickerwork filled with earth, used as a military defense.
  2. a metal cylinder filled with stones and sunk in water, used in laying the foundations of a dam or jetty.

Origin of gabion

1570–80; < Middle French: rough, two-handled basket < Italian gabbione, augmentative of gabbia cage < Latin cavea cavity, cage
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gabion

noun
  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

Word Origin

C16: from French: basket, from Italian gabbione, from gabbia cage, from Latin cavea; see cage
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