[groin] /grɔɪn/

(def 4).
a wall or jetty built out from a riverbank or seashore to control erosion Also called spur, breakwater

“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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