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groyne Line breaks: groyne
Pronunciation: /ɡrɔɪn/
(US groin)

Definition of groyne in English:


A low wall or sturdy timber barrier built out into the sea from a beach to check erosion and drifting.
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.


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

Words that rhyme with groyne

adjoin, Boulogne, coign, coin, conjoin, Des Moines, Dordogne, enjoin, groin, join, loin, purloin, quoin, subjoin
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