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groin1 / groin/ • n. 1. the area between the abdomen and the thigh on either side of the body. ∎ inf. the region of the genitals. 2. Archit. a curved edge formed by two intersecting vaults. groin2 (alsogroyne) • n. a low wall or sturdy timber barrier built out into the sea from a beach to check erosion and drifting.

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groin. Arris formed by the salient between two intersecting vaults, as in two barrel-vaults joined at right angles.

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groin depression between abdomen and thigh XV; (archit.) intersection of two vaults XVIII. ME. grynde, early modE. gryne, in late XVI groin; perh. transf. use of OE. grynde? orig. depression (recorded only in the sense ‘abyss’), f. Gmc. *ʒrundu- GROUND.

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groinadjoin, Boulogne, coign, coin, conjoin, Des Moines, Dordogne, enjoin, groin, groyne, join, loin, purloin, quoin, subjoin •Burgoyne • Gascogne • tenderloin •sirloin • talapoin

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groin (groin) n. the external depression on the front of the body that marks the junction of the abdomen with either of the thighs. See also inguinal.

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groin See groyne.

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groin See GROYNE.