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  1. groin(def 4).
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Examples from the Web for groyne

Historical Examples

  • Coruña, which the English then frequently called "The Groyne."

    Privateering and Piracy in the Colonial Period


  • The Grunye is probably Coruna, called by sailors the Groyne.

    The Bruce

    John Barbour

  • It was well groapt at, for I knewe him sicke of a paine in the groyne.

  • Mr. Allan again offered to put down a groyne at his own expense, Mr. Fleming agreeing to superintend the work.

  • Coruña stands on a peninsula, having on one side the sea, and on the other the celebrated bay, generally called the Groyne.

    The Bible in Spain

    George Borrow

British Dictionary definitions for groyne


esp US groin

  1. a wall or jetty built out from a riverbank or seashore to control erosionAlso called: spur, breakwater
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Word Origin

C16: origin uncertain: perhaps altered from groin
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Word Origin and History for groyne


"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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