the area between the abdomen and the thigh on either side of the body.
the region of the genitals.
a curved edge formed by two intersecting vaults.
a low wall or sturdy timber barrier built out into the sea from a beach to check erosion and drifting.
formed by the salient
between two intersecting vaults
, as in two barrel-vaults joined at right angles.
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
, Boulogne, coign, coin, conjoin, Des Moines
, Dordogne, enjoin, groin, groyne, join, loin, purloin, quoin, subjoin
•Burgoyne • Gascogne • tenderloin
•sirloin • talapoin
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