Definition of groyne in English:

groyne

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Pronunciation: /grɔɪn
 
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(US groin)

noun

  • A low wall or sturdy timber barrier built out into the sea from a beach to check erosion and drifting.
    More example sentences
    • Four new groynes - timber planking walls running down the beach towards the water - will help trap sand and give greater protection to the base of the wall.
    • Visit any coastal area and you will see defence features such as groynes, sea walls and banks.
    • We're blowing all this money to build houses and ruin habitat with so-called beach renourishment and jetties, groins and seawalls.

Origin

late 16th century: from dialect groin 'snout', from Old French groign, from late Latin grunium 'pig's snout', from Latin grunnire 'to grunt'.

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